Aspergers Education - What Is Aspergers Syndrome And
How Do I Know If My Child Has It?
Author: Autism Advisor
Are you the parent of a young child that may have some signs of autism but does not have a lot of them? Have you been told by a Doctor
or special education personnel that your child may have Aspergers Syndrome (AD)? Would you like to learn about characteristics of the
disorder so that you can pursue private evaluations? This article will be discussing the characteristics of this syndrome so that you will be
able to advocate for appropriate educational services for your child.
This disorder was initially described by Hans Asperger in 1944. He found a number of cases whose clinical characteristics were similar
to autism, but differed in the fact that the speech was less commonly delayed, motor clumsiness was much more common, and initial
cases seem to only occur in boys.
In 1994 The American Psychiatric Association added Aspergers syndrome to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,
often referred to as the DSM IV. It is listed by itself in its own category and not under the autism umbrella, but under the broader
Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Aspergers Education
Characteristics of this disorder are:
1. Major impairment in social interaction which may show in lack of empathy, difficulty with spontaneity, difficulty in developing friendships
with peers, ability to show social reciprocity which is back and forth communication, and impairments in eye contact, posture and
2. Restricted repetitive patterns of behavior, interests and activities. This can be shown by preoccupation with one area of interest that is
abnormal in intensity or focus. The child may be very inflexible when it comes to daily routines or rituals, and also may show an extreme
preoccupation with a part of objects.
3. While a child with AD acquire language skills without delay, they often have abnormalities in how they use language. Aspergers
4. Children with this disorder may also