Mar 10, 2010

According to wikipedia Aspergers syndrome is named after the Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger who, in 1944, described children in his practice who lacked nonverbal communication skills, demonstrated limited empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy. Aspergers is not actually a disease at all but more of a condition that many children have. Aspergers is a developmental disorder that affects a child's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Signs and symptoms of Aspergers include displaying unusual nonverbal communication, such as lack of eye contact, few facial expressions, or awkward body postures and gestures. 

It's natural for small children to be egocentric, and many little ones show a strong interest in a particular topic. These alone aren't reasons to be alarmed! However, if your child has frequent problems in school or seems unable to make friends, it's time to consult your pediatrician. These difficulties have many possible causes, but developmental disorders such as Aspergers shouldn't be ruled out.



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