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Aspergers Checklist to Determine Aspergers Syndrome in Children

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With more and more children affected with Aspergers syndrome, it becomes imperative for parents to identify this syndrome in an earlier stage for an effective treatment of this syndrome. An aspergers checklist is a vital tool in identifying the traits in children to determine this syndrome. Preparing the checklist and marking the appropriate points can help you make a decision on the presence of this disorder in an efficient manner.

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									Aspergers Checklist to Determine Aspergers Syndrome in Children




                           Abstract
With more and more children affected with Aspergers syndrome, it becomes imperative for parents to
identify this syndrome in an earlier stage for an effective treatment of this syndrome. An aspergers
checklist is a vital tool in identifying the traits in children to determine this syndrome. Preparing the
checklist and marking the appropriate points can help you make a decision on the presence of this
disorder in an efficient manner.




                Aspergers Checklist to Determine Aspergers Syndrome in Children


Introduction
Preparing an aspergers checklist for children suffering with aspergers syndrome, to effectively handle
this syndrome, has become a common idea in recent times. This checklist can become vital in the
diagnosis of aspergers syndrome in toddlers as it is not an easy task to identify these traits in that early
stage. The checklist contains all the possible symptoms seen in children suffering with this syndrome.
While each child experiences different set of symptoms, it is ideal to prepare a basic aspergers checklist
and identify the matching points from that list to effectively treat this disorder.
History of Aspergers Syndrome
Aspergers syndrome is a neurological disorder in children which adversely affects their social skills,
personality development and cognitive behavior. This disorder or syndrome is named after Hans
Apserger, an Austrian pediatrician who has researched a lot on behavioral patterns of children and has
written several publications covering various objects, including the lack of non verbal skills in children.
In 1944, he has released a book on aspergers syndrome wherein he has given a definition to this
disorder, characteristics and treatment to overcome this syndrome. Today, his methodology has become
the standard technique in determining this syndrome.


Aspergers Checklist
Preparing an Aspergers checklist is a vital part in handling this syndrome as it gives an idea of various
behavioral patterns and disorders of children. This checklist would enable you to understand aspergers
syndrome and recognize these characters in your child. Few symptoms are common in aspergers
syndrome. However, every child is unique and may possess different set of symptoms. A basic
aspergers checklist is listed below to identify aspergers syndrome.


1) Lack of Social skills
The major trait in children or toddlers with aspergers syndrome is the lack of social skills. Firstly, the
child might not be able to move socially or mingle with a group. Starting a conversation or interaction
can be a concern as the child would not be sure on how to move on. Understanding the emotions of
others in the group is another concern. The child might not be able to distinguish between an interesting
conversation and a boring one. Secondly, the child might not be able to recognize negative emotions of
other people in the group. While playing in a group the child might not react to the requests of other
children and does not follow social rules. For instance, the child might pull out a toy and might not
return it again.


Thirdly, the child might not be able to maintain a two-way conversation in the right manner. At times,
the child might be talking too loud or too slow. In addition, the child might not be able to continue the
conversation and speak on different topics at the same time. Fourthly, a child with aspergers syndrome
would be passionate on fewer topics and converse with others on those topics alone. The facial
expressions might not be apt and at times the response would be in an opposite manner.


Lack of Communication Skills
Lack of communication skills is another major concern in toddlers with aspergers syndrome. Firstly,
they find it difficult to concentrate on a particular topic or object and would easily get distracted. The
eye contact is not proper and facial expressions are not appropriate and absent and monotonic most of
the time. For instance, the child might laugh at a sad incident or cry at a funny incident. Standing close
while conversing and making unusual gestures is another trait to be determined in toddlers with
aspergers syndrome.


Lack of Language Skills
Toddlers with aspergers syndrome lack in displaying their vocabulary in a right manner which makes
this point an important one in the aspergers checklist. Children speak the same words again and again
in a rhythmic manner and at times even create new words of their own. Understanding the meaning of
certain sentences and using appropriate words in different contexts would become difficult for them.


Lack of Cognitive skills
Cognitive development is an important aspect in the overall growth of toddlers and those who are on
the aspergers syndrome list lack these cognitive or motor skills. Children suffering with this syndrome
find it difficult to analyze things or organize them. Problem solving ability is minimal and needs visual
aid to understand certain topics. Motor skills like biking, playing games and co-ordination while
playing in a group are deficit in these children.


Experience sensory issues
Another important point on the aspergers checklist is the ability of the child in using their senses to
identify various things. Choosing certain food items would be based on odor and color and the child
becomes passionate for certain colors and odors.


Behavioral Traits
It is very important to analyze the behavioral patterns of the child to come to a decision on aspergers
syndrome. The child might be interested in certain objects and games and does not like to share those
objects with others. These children might react in an abnormal way when things are done against their
will.


If you feel your child is not growing in the normal way, prepare an aspergers checklist and mark the
characteristics you identify in your child. If you come to a conclusion that your child has aspergers
syndrome, consult your family doctor for an investigation into these traits for an effective treatment.




References
1) Diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome
http://autism.about.com/od/aspergerssyndrome/a/adultsaspergers.htm
2) Child behavior Guide
http://www.child-behavior-guide.com/aspergers-checklist.html

								
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