Asperger’s Syndrome is a developmental disease that affects children. Children with this condition may have difficulty developing their language and communication skills. It is also an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which has other conditions aside from Asperger’s, like autism, childhood disintegrative disorder and Rett syndrome. If you think that your child has difficulty in developing his language and communication skills, she may be suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome. Keep your eyes and mind open to your child’s situation. Here are some symptoms that you can observe to see if your child has Asperger’s.
- Avoids eye contact. This is one of the tell-tale signs to look out for. Usually, when you talk to her, she does not meet your eyes.
- Clumsy and uncoordinated. Since she has delayed developments, she may appear clumsy and uncoordinated than most kids her age. She may stumble and fall often or drop things while holding them.
- Repetitive behavior. This is one characteristic that children with a neurological disorder have. If your child turns around over and over and does not seem to feel dizzy, or if she likes to rock her body back and forth, she may be suffering from Asperger’s.
- Peculiar behavior. If she is around other people, she may exhibit behavior that most kids her age do not. Like she does not want to talk to anyone or play with the kids, or talk in a formal language inappropriate for her age.
- Difficulty in communicating. She may find it hard to communicate with people without using words. Body language is a hard thing to understand for her. Teach her basic non-verbal communication, like waving hands for goodbye and nodding the head for yes.
- Obsession on a single item. If you observe that your child is preoccupied most of the time with a single toy or item, ignoring any other thing that she has, she may be suffering from Asperger’s.
- Heightened sensitivity. Children with Asperger’s are very sensitive. Your child may be disturbed by loud noises, strong tastes and textures. Even if the noise is not too loud, to your child it is. When she around, make sure that you do not play loud music.
- Talks a lot. When you talk to her, she usually goes on about her favorite item, like a toy. This is where she verbalizes her thoughts. Often, conversation with a child who has Asperger’s is one-sided. She is the only one talking and you can hardly answer because she does not give you time to respond.
Although children with Asperger’s may be different from most kids, they
are special nonetheless. If we encounter children with this condition,
we should not make them feel different or less than the other kids.
Instead, we should pay much more attention to them and their needs.
Since they have special needs, parents should see to it that they get
everything that they need to make life easier for them. There are
schools that cater to special-needs children. It does not mean that
children with developmental delays cannot go to school and learn. If
they learn how to manage their condition, they can be as normal as