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    1. 1. + Aspergers Syndrome By Mike Kirwan
    2. 2. + What is Asperger’s  Definition: It is a developmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to socialize and communicate with others effectively.  Named after Hans Asperger, an Austrian physician who first diagnosed condition in 1944. 1  Hans observed boys that had above average intelligence, but had difficulties with language and social situations. He termed it as high-functioning autism
    3. 3. + Characteristics:  Kids typically show signs of social awkwardness.  Speech may sound peculiar and seem clumsy  People who suffer from it may be very involved or absorbed in the few things that do interest them. So involved in these things that they leave no room for age appropriate common interests of people their age.
    4. 4. + Additional Characteristics  Seem to lack empathy towards others  Live in own little world  Do not understand irony and humor  Unusual speech pattern sometimes loud and high pitched
    5. 5. + A Form of Autism  It is considered as one of the autistic spectrum disorders all relating to problems with social skills and communication.2  It is considered one of the milder forms of Autism.
    6. 6. + How to Diagnose  Should be taken to doctor for diagnosis  They will first check for physical symptoms such as low muscle tone and coordination problems  Referred to a specialist who is trained to diagnose Asperger’s such as pediatric neurologist or psychiatrist
    7. 7. + What help is available?  There is no cure for Asperger’s, but there are treatments  Treatments include education for kids to help them interact more successfully with others.  No medications are given for Asperger’s
    8. 8. + Treatments  Special Education-tailored to child's needs  Behavior Modification-supporting positive and decreasing negative  Speech, Physical, or occupational Therapy-can help increase child’s function  Social Skills Therapy- help provided through sessions to increase their social skill and help them read cues from others that they may lack3
    9. 9. Reasonable Expectations  Most function well because of higher than normal intelligence At Risk for Future Conditions:4  Depression ADHD Schizophrenia Obsessive –compulsive Disorder
    10. 10. + Can Asperger’s Be Prevented?  No, it cant be prevented, but early diagnosis can improve quality of life and improve function dramatically
    11. 11. + An Insight to Asperger’s (video clip)5
    12. 12. Works Cited 1. http://www.webmd.com/brain/autis m/mental-health-aspergers- syndrome?page=2 2. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/as pergers-syndrome/DS00551 3. http://www.aspergers.com/aspclin.ht ml 4. http://www.autism-society.org/about- autism/aspergers-syndrome/ 5. http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=7MCIiPumEQg

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