Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder characterized by severe impairments in reciprocal social interaction, the use of language for social discourse, and a circumscribed interest in unusual subjects. A difference in cognitive and social-emotional skills that creates difficulty for an individual to understand their world and how to interact with it.
Individuals with Asperger’s syndrome can exhibit a variety of characteristics and the disorder can range from mild to severe, they often have obsessive routines and may be preoccupied with a particular subject of interest. People with Asperger’s syndrome tend to be “in their own world”. The onset of Asperger’s syndrome commonly occurs after the age of 3. While language development seems, on the surface, normal, individuals with Asperger’s syndrome often have deficits in pragmatics and prosody. Vocabularies may be extraordinarily rich, “however persons with Aspergers can be extremely literal and have difficulty in using language in a social context.
Although symptoms of Asperger’s can be similar to autism disorder, but it is actually a different condition. The major difference between two disorders is that people with Asperger’s syndrome develop and can use language skills, while people with autism disorder have severe delays in developing language skills as a child. Asperger’s syndrome is characterized by poor social interactions, obsessions, odd speech patterns, few facial expressions, and other peculiar mannerisms. Often, kids with Aspergers Syndrome have trouble reading the body language of others. They might engage in obsessive routines and show an unusual sensitivity to sensory stimuli — for example, they may be bothered by a light that no one else notices; they may cover their ears to block out sounds in the environment; or they might prefer to wear clothing made only of a certain material.
Overall, kids and teens with Asperger’s Syndrome can function in everyday life but tend to be somewhat socially immature, relate better to adults than peers, and may be seen by others as odd or eccentric.
Causes of Asperger’s syndrome:
- Neurobehavioral disorder – neurological dysfunction in the way the brain processes informed.
- Genetics – high incidence of inheritance particularly with fathers and other first and second degree relatives.
- Medial frontal and temporal lobe dysfunction
- Difficulty with pre, peri and post natal condition that might have caused minimal brain damage
- Can also occur with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, attention deficit disorder etc.
Symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome:
- Children with Asperger will present many factors about their subject of interest, but there will seem to be no point of confusion.
- They often do not recognize that the other person has lost interest in the topic
- Areas of interest may be quite narrow, such as an obsession with train schedules, phone books, or collection of objects
- Repeats words
- Single mindedness
- Cannot start an appropriate conversation or keep going
- Social withdrawal
- Avoid eye contact
- Does not like changes in daily routine
- Do not express pleasure at other people’s happiness
- Does not understand other people’s facial expressions
- Has problem in making friends
- Repetitive finger flapping, twisting, or whole body movements
- Have difficulty in showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people
- Lack of empathy
- May be bothered by loud noises, Lights, or strong tastes or textures
- They do not recognize the need to change the volume of their voice in different settings
- Delays in being able to ride a bicycle, catch a ball
Diagnosis of Asperger:
Can be diagnosed by testing child’s learning style, speech and language, IQ, social and motor skills and according to characteristic symptoms.
Treatment of Aspergers syndrome:
Speech and language therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, physical and occupational therapy, social skills training will be helpful.
HOMEOPATHIC MANAGEMENT FOR ASPERGER’S SYNDROME:
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using a holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat Aspergers but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several well-proved medicines are available for Asperger’s syndrome treatment that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensation, and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important remedies are given below for Aspergers treatment:
Chamomilla, Ignatia, Pulsatilla, Iodum, Hepar Sulph, Anacardium, Lycopodium, Causticum, Sanicula, Argentum Nit, Sulphur, Silicea, Bryonia, Antim Crude and many other medicines.
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