Aspergers Syndrome

By Jenna Parr

What is Asperger Syndrome?

  • Asperger syndrome is often considered a high functioning form of autism. It can lead to difficulty interacting socially, repeat behaviors, and clumsiness.
  • It is commonly known as Aspergers.

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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