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Asperger's syndrome, or this child is "naughty"

Asperger's syndrome, or this child is "naughty"



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Children with Asperger syndrome are seen as "Other", "strange", withdrawn, have problems staying in touch, sometimes they are aggressive. Often for years they remain undiagnosed with a patch of "naughty and poorly brought up." Rejected by peers, constantly criticized by teachers ... Their parents have heard for years about their low competences and mistakes they make. The first symptoms of Asperger's syndrome are not as typical as in the case of autism and have been ignored for years. How is Asperger Syndrome recognized and treated?

What is Asperger's syndrome?

The first mention of Asperger syndrome comes from the 1940s.

Asperger's syndrome is not considered a disease, but a different pattern of child development, developmental disorders, a milder form of autism, accompanying the child throughout his life. The occurrence of ZA results from a different functioning of the nervous system.

CA causes are sought in many areas - in difficult delivery, perinatal infections, genetic tendencies, and toxins, such as vaccinations ('officially' vaccinations do not cause autism and related diseases, but courts award damages to families whose children have suffered from vaccinations. Many parents of autistic children the vaccine is linked to the development of autism and autism spectrum disorders (most physicians strongly reject the hypothesis that vaccines can cause autism). There is a lot of controversy about the reasons for the development of Asperger syndrome, scientists do not yet know 100% the answer to the question of where does Asperger syndrome come from.

Most ZA cases are only being diagnosed at the beginning of school education.

Asperger's syndrome - the first symptoms in infancy

Children with Asperger's Syndrome as babies are often restless, fearful, and crying. It is difficult to calm them in a classic way, cuddling and rocking. They even show a reluctance to hug. Sometimes a strong bonding helps, at other times only traveling by car or walking in the fresh air. Sleeping is both a problem during the day and at night. Babies with ZA do not seek contact with the parent, do not maintain eye contact, show excessive fear of strangers.

Symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome in Young Children

From an early age, children with ZA have trouble receiving and processing excessive stimuli from the environment. What is acceptable to other children is unbearable for them. A louder sound and bright light quickly upset children with Asperger.

Over time, the first puzzling signals appear.

A child with Asperger's syndrome may avoid certain textures or colors. Refuse photos of footwear on the grass or protest against walking on a wooden floor. Maybe do not accept combing, tying hair, braiding, wearing a specific piece of clothing, as well as certain types of food. For example, if he puts on a blouse, it's just a red one, if he builds a tower, only from 10 blocks, never 9 or 15.

Children with Asperger syndrome every day very much strictly adhere to the rituals. They force you to take a walk on one route. They react hysterically to any, even inconspicuous change in everyday activity.

It is very typical tendency to eat the same meals all the time, arranged in a strictly defined manner on a plate, stubborn refusing to try something new. A child with ZA has his favorite dishes and only eats them in a strict order - for example, all meat first, then potatoes, and finally vegetables. Individual products must not touch each other and their quantity should be specified.

Children with Asperger Syndrome either much faster than their peers they learn to speak or have impaired speech retardation. Sometimes they have very rich vocabulary and speak like adults, using specialized terms. However, they do not understand metaphors, figurative, they take everything literally.

A characteristic feature is also arranging and classifying objects, and also a passion for unusual items and treating them like toys (for example, a wooden chopping board or rolling pin). It may also appear aggression and very intense, hard to control attacks of fury. The lack of acceptance of surprises, including positive ones, is very clear.

Usually children from ZA they have worse coordination, they fall more often, they do worse in the playground, then they learn to ride a scooter, bike. They also often have problems with mastering manual skills, although they recognize numbers, letters and numbers quite quickly.

For children with ZA reality is only acceptable when it is predictable. Every change, even the smallest one, is perceived negatively, often with aggression.

The biggest problem for children with AS is social contacts. Children with Asperger have a low level of emotional intelligence. They usually say what they think. They do not understand the rules governing social contacts, they do not recognize courtesy, polite behavior learned, as well as jokes and irony. They don't make social contacts, they give the impression that they don't care about them.

On the other hand they usually have specific interests in a narrow field in which they are unsurpassed.

Trust your intuition

Usually, parents of children with various disorders see that their children's development is not going well. When they seek help, their anxiety is most often underestimated and even ridiculed, doctors come with calming diagnoses. Moms hear that they invent the child's illness by force, or are overprotective, that they are to give the child peace, that the time will come, that the toddler will catch up with his peers, and the differences will disappear, because each child develops at its own pace.

Don't be fooled by such translations. If you feel something is wrong, seek help. Don't let it go

It is also different that the problem is being repressed. Parents see alarming symptoms but do not want to talk about them. They pretend to themselves that everything is all right.

Often, fathers don't acknowledge the problem. They maintain that everything is ok and force their attitude as before, as if nothing had happened ... Unfortunately to the detriment of the child.

Who diagnoses Asperger syndrome?

Asperger's syndrome states a psychiatrist.

The sooner the problem is diagnosed, the faster you can start therapy and work on the child's behavior, especially in terms of social contacts. Unfortunately, the therapy is long and demanding, but started early gives the best results.