Asperger syndrome, sometimes just called Asperger or Asperger's, is a type of autism spectrum disorder in which a child has repetitive or restrictive patterns of behavior and thought. To put it more simply: Children with the condition want to know everything about a given topic of interest, and their conversations with others will be about little else.
This is the primary symptom of this disorder. Other Asperger symptoms include:
- Repetitive routines or rituals
- Problems with nonverbal communication
- Peculiarities in speech and language
- Clumsy and uncoordinated motor movements.
Treatment often includes social skills training, cognitive behavioral therapy, medication for coexisting conditions, and other measures.
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