What is Asperger’s syndrome?

 What is Asperger’s syndrome?

What is Asperger's syndrome

Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder. The reason why this syndrome is called “Asperger’s” is that it was first described by Hans Asperger as different from autism. It is part of a broader category called autism spectrum disorder.

What are Asperger’s findings?

Among the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome, we can list the following;

  • Difficulty in social interaction, the child’s inability to establish age-appropriate relationships with peers. Problems using body language, eye to eye. Inability to respond socially or emotionally. Difficulties in spontaneously sharing their interests or achievements with people.
  • Engaging in stereotypical repetitive behaviors (finger snapping, hand clapping, etc.)
  • Unconditional observance of certain dysfunctional daily behaviors, rules and routines, and concentration on certain areas with excessive interest. This interest can be seen in the form of memorization as well as accumulation of some pictures, writings. For example; When the child has difficulty in learning the necessary things daily, he can memorize all the models of cars or airplanes, their characteristics, years, models.

They have trouble understanding abstract concepts. It can be seen not to perceive the laughing places of jokes, to make sense of proverbs as they are. They cannot comprehend the rules and methods in the social sphere. They may pretend that they never know the social rules taught at a young age, such as what to talk about, what not to talk about, how to behave in front of whom. The communication and socialization problem of the individual with Asperger’s continues in adulthood.

In the treatment of Asperger’s syndrome, the areas where the child is forced are addressed and appropriate education and recommendations are made. When other problems arise, which are often seen together, medication is used for them. The main thing is to help the child or teenager with Asperger’s recognize their own feelings. The family must first accept this situation. Siblings should be told that their siblings develop differently and that they may sometimes have behaviors that seem strange to them.

Children with Asperger’s syndrome are sometimes criticized as strange and not accepted by their friends and sometimes by teachers who do not know about this disease. Children with Asperger’s syndrome can go to normal school, but exclusion and unwantedness are difficult for both the child and the family. In this case, teachers have important duties. The teacher should ensure that the child participates in others.