Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which is considered to be on the higher functioning end of children affected with autism. Many of the children affected by Asperger syndrome have difficulty with social interactions and can have limited interests as well as repetitive behaviors. At times, normal motor development may be delayed, causing clumsiness or uncoordinated motor movements.
Children with Asperger syndrome often do not have significant delays or difficulties with language or cognitive development. In fact, they may demonstrate advanced use of vocabulary, concentrated in a specialized area of interest. The below signs and symptoms are common with Asperger syndrome, are not often all present in any one individual and will vary in degree:
- Limited or awkward social interactions
- Robotic or repetitive speech
- Challenges with nonverbal communication (gestures)
- Lack of eye contact
- Poor ability to engage in reciprocal conversation
- Difficulty taking the perspective of others
- Obsession with specific topics
- Awkward movements or mannerisms
How Pediatric Therapy Helps
Our pediatric therapy focuses on first assessing where your child’s abilities may have limitations, then completing a thorough plan to address them. Often, the focus is on helping your child with social interactions, self-awareness, improved coordination and speech. The earlier the intervention, typically the better the outcome. Our goal is to help your child be more successful in life and their interactions with others.