Asperger's Syndrome

Monday, March 11, 2013

Do you know a child who just doesnt seem to interact with others normally? Perhaps he has unusual tics and peculiar behavior. Dr. Edward Hill makes a diagnosis in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Aspergers syndrome is a developmental disorder found in four of every 1,000 children. Most cases are diagnosed between the ages of 5 and 9. They may be clumsy, have social interaction problems or unusual behaviors.

As children with Aspergers grow into adulthood, they may have trouble with empathy and social interaction. The characteristics of this syndrome can be divided into three categories including:

Social impairments

Narrow but intense interests in a specific subject, and

Speech and language peculiarities.

Children with Aspergers syndrome have a difficult time reading social cues. They may not read non-verbal gestures when interacting with other people. They also may have difficulty expressing their own emotional state by their body language, facial expression or other nuances in the way that most people do.

Though children with Aspergers do not have natural social interaction skills, they can learn them. They may be delayed in social development because they learn these skills at an older age.

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