Asperger's disease (also known as Asperger's syndrome) is one of a group of neurological conditions known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Children with Asperger's disease usually have developmental delays in motor skills, appearing clumsy and uncoordinated when performing movements such as climbing outdoor play equipment or pedaling a bike. But while children with classic autism generally have problems with verbal and nonverbal communication as well, those with Asperger's typically have a high level of vocabulary and formal speech patterns.
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Children who have Asperger's disease tend to become fascinated with a single topic of interest. They want to know everything about this topic and their conversations with others will be about little else. As a result, children with Asperger's are often isolated because of their poor social skills and narrow interests. They often make normal conversation impossible by inappropriate or eccentric behavior, or by wanting to talk only about their singular interest.
The treatments for Asperger's disease can include:
- Social skills training
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Medication for coexisting conditions.
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