Asperger's syndrome is a condition common in young children who experience impaired social interactions and develop limited repetitive patterns of behavior. Asperger's syndrome is other wise commonly called as pervasive developmental disorder. Motor activities may be delayed and clumsiness is often observed in an individual suffering due to this disorder.
Individuals with asperger's syndrome usually exhibit a variety of characteristics and the disorder can range from mild to severe. In addition, individuals with asperger's syndrome show marked deficiencies in social skills, have difficulties with transitions or changes and prefer sameness.The exact cause of this disorder is not known till date. Some of the symptoms of asperger's syndrome are similar to that of autism. As a result, some researchers feel that asperger's syndrome is a mild form of autism.
It is considered that some genetic factors may be a cause for the occurrance of asperger's syndrome in an individual. The child suffering due to this disorder shows below-average nonverbal communication gestures and fails to develop peer relationships. In addition, the child suffering due to this disorder has an inability to express pleasure in other people's happiness and lacks the ability to reciprocate emotionally in normal social interactions. Asperger's syndrome is more common in boys than girls.
Scapegoating by other children as "weird" or "strange", inability to return social or emotional feelings, and inflexible about changes in specific routines or rituals are some of the other symptoms of asperger's syndrome. Repetitive behaviors, including repetitive self-injurious behavior, no general delay in language, and no delay in cognitive development, or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills or in curiosity about the environment are some of the other symptoms of asperger's syndrome.