Asperger syndrome, often just shortened to "Asperger's," is a disorder characterized by a degree of impairment in language and communication skills, as well as repetitive or restrictive patterns of thought and behavior. These children have an obsessive interest in a single object or topic to the exclusion of anything else. As a result, they may seem like little professors.
After a diagnosis is made, an effective treatment program for Asperger should, among other things, offer the following:
- Regular reinforcement of behavior
- A predictable schedule
- Tasks broken down into a series of steps.
This is not a fatal disorder; children with Asperger's often go on to lead effective, normal lives with appropriate treatment and occasional encouragement.
(To learn more about this disorder, click Asperger Syndrome. This segment discusses additional symptoms, possible complications, and specific treatment options.)