Asperger's Signs

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Does your child get hyper-focused on one specific task but shows no interest in regular schoolwork? This may be more than laziness. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a specific diagnosis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Aspergers syndrome is a developmental disorder that is being more commonly recognized. These children may become obsessed with a very specific task. They may become intensely interested in a specific field of science. Sometimes these obsessions are life-long.

People with Aspergers often have little patience for things outside their areas of interest. This can make school difficult. Theyre often seen as highly intelligent but underachievers.

A child with Aspergers may greet strangers inappropriately. He might stare at a person for a long period of time or he may not be able to make eye contact at all. They may display a distinctive waddle when they walk. Compulsive finger or hand movements such as flapping may occur. Changes in routine may cause extreme anxiety.

If you know children with these tendencies, discuss it with their teacher or the school counselor. This diagnosis is not all bad. For example, it has been suggested that Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton may have had Aspergers.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.