Living with Aspergers

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Many children today unknowingly face the disorder known as Aspergers. Their traits can affect their social, mental, and behavioral aspects of life. Because of this, peers might classify them as weird simply because they do not act the same way, causing a decline in self confidence. Diagnosis can tremendously help to jumpstart treatment in this area. Despite lack of knowledge about Aspergers, a disorder closely related to autism, it is very much its own; not only in the way it is diagnosed, but also in its characteristics. Hans Aspergers first described Aspergers syndrome by studying boys with Autistic tendencies, but normal language development and intelligence. In 1944, Aspergers Disorder was officially included in the American Psychiatric Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; listed separately from autism (Asperger’s Syndrome, p.1). Although there is no specific “cause” of Aspergers, scientists believe it could be a genetic factor since it has been shown to run in families. Also, boys appear to have been shown to have the disorder more frequently than girls (A.D.A.M., p.1). Contradicting this, girls may in fact have the same rates, but their characteristics are dismissed as shyness.
Early diagnosis is crucial to the recovery and success to a child with Aspergers. It starts with an assessment by a medical professional as soon as possible and should be immediate if the child has self- harming behavior, odd speech, or is unresponsive (Asperger’s Syndrome, p. 2). No

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