By Jenna Parr
Effects and Symptoms
- People with Aspergers have an average or above-average intelligence, and unlike other autistic disorders, they are not delayed in language development.
- It is hard for them to carry on conversations because they take humorous statements literally.
- They may speak mono-toned, have trouble tolerating noise or lights, and have coordination problems.
- Many people with this disorder develop advanced abilities in music, science, mathematics, or computer programming.
- Symptoms normally become apparent at age 3.
How is the disorder inherited/caused?
- Aspergers is sex-linked.
- It is located on the X chromosome.
- It is not recessive or dominate. Multiple factors play into the cause of the disorder.
How is it diagnosed & treated?
- It is very difficult to diagnose Aspergers because there are so many different diagnostic tests, each with different criteria, that the child could end up with several diagnoses.
- There is no cure to Aspergers.
- The ideal treatment plan coordinates therapies and interventions that meet the specific needs of individual children.
- Unfortunately, it is not preventable.
Types of People Effected
- Aspergers is more prominent in males.
- It has been estimated to affect two and a half out of every 1000 children.
What research is being done?
- Researchers at the University of California discovered a possible cause of autism.
- The brain cannot produce enough energy, and the mitochondria get damaged; therefore, there is an increase in oxidative stress, the neurons don't fire, and the connection is lost.
- They are continuing this research and hope to find new treatments.
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