Thursday, December 20, 2012

What do we know about Asperger syndrome?

The medical community has only recognized Asperger syndrome as its own distinct medical entity since 1994. Most clinicians consider Asperger syndrome to be in the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). Currently, the medical community does not have a clear consensus on the exact ways to define Asperger disorder and how to distinguish it from other autistic disorders.

The DSM IV describes Asperger disorder as a child with atypical social development (impairment in social interaction) with no delay in language or cognitive development. The child may have restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities.

If a clinician suspects Asperger syndrome, the child should be referred for evaluation by a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, a child psychiatrist, a child neurologist, or a neuropsychologist with expertise in autism spectrum disorders.

Speaking of autism, we know that mobile tablets like the Apple iPad have been beneficial for kids with autism. You can read about that here.

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