Asperger Syndrome - Is There a Cure for Asperger?
If your child or any child that you know has little social and communication skills, shows some repetitive behaviour and/or becomes overly involved in one topic, that child may have Asperger Syndrome. Aspergers is in the Autism Spectrum Disorder class of disorders and is a type of high functioning autism. This means that someone with Asperger's will generally have better language skills than someone with full autism and will generally be able to live a more normal life.
Having said that, Aspergers still can be quite hard to deal with and some lifestyle changes will need to be made to work around your Aspergers child. There is no cure for Aspergers but there are treatments and strategies available to make life easier for an Aspergers person.
A child with Asperger Syndrome will often become quite obsessive in a single topic or object and will learn everything they can about it. You may find that this topic that they are involved in is all that they will want to talk about and they may continue to constantly talk about it even though others are really not interested in it.
One of the biggest characteristics of Asperger Syndrome is the lack of communication and social skills. Asperger children will find it hard to interact with other children of their own age and will find it difficult to make friends and maintain friendships. Sometimes they may make close friends and will maintain that friendship for a period of time and then all of a sudden that friend will no longer want to be friends with them. The child will probably have no idea why this person no longer wants to be their friend and this is a pattern that may continue throughout their lives.
A child with Aspergers will usually sit back and watch children play and will be hesitant to join in until they are actually invited. It isn't that they don't want friends because they really do, but they just aren't sure how to communicate properly. Because of this problem with communicating with children of their own age, Asperger children will often prefer to play with children younger than them or even to hold a conversation with adults.
Life can be quite difficult for a child with Asperger Syndrome and because they are usually of above average intelligence they do know that they are different but they just don't know how to change that. This can be very stressful and many children may end up with anxiety disorders or even depression.
There are strategies and techniques that can be used to help teach your child the social skills that they lack and this will be a huge benefit for them throughout their life to learn these skills. If you have a child with Asperger Syndrome I highly recommend that you learn as much as you can about the disorder and teach them the social skills they need to give them a big head start to leading a reasonably normal life.
About the author: I have a child with Aspergers and have needed to learn strategies and techniques in order for my child to live a reasonably normal and happy life. (Submitted links dead)