Asperger’s syndrome is a type of autism spectrum disorder.
It affects how the person interacts with others. When people with
Asperger’s syndrome interact with others, they may be awkward and
only show interest in certain topics. However, Asperger’s syndrome
does not affect outward appearance.
People with Asperger’s don’t look any different from us.
Look at these people. Can you guess which one has
• Uncoordinated and clumsy
• Lengthy, one sided conversations. Doesn’t notice whether People with Asperger’s
people are listening or changing the subject syndrome have certain
obsessions. This boy is
• Speaks in a monotone without facial or hand gestures. fascinated by molecule
• Certain obsessions (examples: maps, baseball statistics, structure.
snakes, weather, train schedules)
• Does not relate to other’s emotions
• Is not making friends, especially with people of the same age
• Repetitive, ritualistic motions with body parts and objects
• Sensitive to things others don’t notice like light, sound, and
There is no clear cause of Asperger’s syndrome. All we can do is guess at
what might contribute to the condition. Scientists think it might have something to
do with inheritance or genetic changes. It could also be related to changes in the
structure of the brain. Lastly, experts think that Asperger’s syndrome may be a
result of other disorders in mental health, such as bipolar disorder or depression.
Asperger’s is mainly a disorder of the nervous system. People with
Asperger’s syndrome are uncoordinated, overly sensitive, and think emotionally
differently than most people. The brain controls all of these things, so clearly the
brain is strongly affected by Asperger’s syndrome.
Asperger’s syndrome affects the
central nervous system because
the brain is unable to maintain
proper control over the body.
There is not much known about the origins of Asperger’s syndrome, but
more and more people are beginning to research it. The disability is named for an
Austrian researcher named Hans Asperger. After researching the disorder
extensively, he opened a school for kids with Asperger’s syndrome in the 1940s.
Sadly, the school was eventually bombed. However, his work led the way for more
research to be done.
Asperger’s syndrome is not a very common disorder. Only 2-6 people in
every 1,000 have it. Roughly 400,000 families have been affected. Strangely, the
disability is mostly found in boys. In fact, boys have it 3-4 times more than girls.
Nobody knows why.
Things are getting better for people with Asperger’s. Because they have
trouble socially, they are often bullied, but now that it has been researched more,
less people with the disorder are getting picked on.
Asperger’s cannot be fully treated. However, there are
some things to help people cope. Some ideas are: Kids with Asperger’s
syndrome may need to take
•Training for communication and social skills lots of medicine to help them
•Therapy for behavior and mind keep up with others.
•Aripiprazole- for irritation
•Guanfacine- attention span
•SSRIs- treats depression and repeating behavior
•Olanzapine and naltrexone- reduce repetition
All these medications have side effects like weight gain,
increased blood sugar, getting drowsy, headaches, and increased
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