Asperger’s syndrome is a type of medical condition where the patient suffers difficulties in interacting with others, and is prone to compulsive behavior and specialized interests. Usually, Asperger’s syndrome is a bit more difficult to diagnose than other medical conditions such as autism, because people with Asperger’s syndrome do not exhibit very prominent symptoms. If left untreated, however, Asperger’s syndrome victims may find it very difficult to situate themselves in society. Here’s a simple test that you can do to determine whether a child has Asperger’s syndrome or not.
- Check the child’s background. First of all, you should consider the medical background that the child has. Not everyone will have Asperger’s syndrome, and Asperger’s syndrome usually occurs only to people who have genetic traits linked to the medical condition. A perfectly healthy little baby with a clean medical history usually does not need to be tested. Those whose parents suffer from autism and other development disabilities, however, usually need to be tested.
- Timing. If the child happens to come from a family with a history of development disabilities and if the child exhibits symptoms such as unresponsiveness, then the test may be carried out at home. You will need to make sure that you perform the test while the child is calm and while the child is not distracted. Usually, just after feeding time will work, so that the child is full and well rested. Do not perform the test when the child is too sleepy, however.
- Tilting. To begin the test, you will need to place the child on a soft surface such as the bed or a large chair. Make sure that the child is upright, and if the child is very small, you may want to support the child’s baby by holding him at the waist. Afterwards, tilt the head of the child carefully and very gently to the left. Do this until you have reached a 45 degree angle. You should notice the baby trying to keep himself in the upright position. Repeat the tilt to the right, again at 45 degrees. If the baby has Asperger’s syndrome, he will not try to keep his body upright. Instead, he will try to move his body at a 45 degree angle as well. Make sure that you repeat this exercise several times; so that you can be assured that the baby really cannot maintain an upright position when his head is tilted at a 45 degree angle. You can also ask others to perform the test on him, to make sure that he has a specific response.
Response. Apart from the bodily response, you should also consider the
child’s response when it comes to social situations. Children will
usually react when others are talking to them or when others are smiling
at them. If the child does not smile and does not respond when called,
then the child may have Asperger’s syndrome.
Make sure that you take the child to a pediatrician for a medical
diagnosis, after you have performed the test and if the child is showing
signs of Asperger’s syndrome. Although the test is usually effective,
you will still need actual diagnosis from a doctor to be sure that the
child is actually suffering from Asperger’s.