Asperger’s Syndrome

What is Asperger’s syndrome?

Asperger’s syndrome is one of a group of neurodevelopmental disorders that have effects on an individual’s behavior, use of language and communication, and pattern of social interactions.

What are the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome?

The obvious signs and symptoms of autism are impairment in social interaction and communication and stereotypical behavior or repetitive behavior. However, the patients suffering from asperger have a higher level functioning.

What specialists deal with Asperger’s?

Both Psychologists and Psychiatrists are eligible to handle cases of Asperger’s Syndrome.

What are the causes of asperger’s syndrome?

The precise causes of asperger’s syndrome have not been identified. Some risk factors for asperger include high maternal age at the time of birth of the child, prenatal medication use,abnormal development of the brain.

Is asperger’s syndrome genetic?

Some of the researches show that there might be a possibility that asperger can be inherited. However, there is no such proof that this always will be the case.

Can any medication or vaccines cause Asperger?

Some researches show that some medications, vaccines or vaccine preservatives taken by the mother or the newborn child may cause symptoms of asperger.

Is any one gender more prone to Asperger?

According to some research,asperger’s syndrome is five times more common in boys than in girls.

When can a child be diagnosed as having Asperger’s?

The disturbance in the normal development of child with Asperger’s starts to manifest by the age of 3, so it can be detected in children of ages 3 and beyond.

What are the medications that can be given to the patient having Asperger?

Medications may be prescribed to help control troubling symptoms or symptoms of other psychiatric conditions that may coexist with Asperger’s syndrome. In some cases, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) medications are used for relief of anxiety or depression. Medical treatments for ADHD may also be tried if there is significant hyperactivity or distraction.

What are the other interventions that can be beneficial?

Speech therapy, social skills training and other life skills training can be beneficial for such patients. Art therapy also helps the patient to express his emotions effectively.

Can Asperger be cured?

Asperger is a pervasive developmental disorder and it cannot be cured. However, the symptoms can be controlled by effectively managing it through therapy and medication.

What is the prognosis for Asperger’s syndrome?

Through effective treatment and support, a patient suffering from asperger can lead happy and productive lives.

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