What Is Asperger’s Syndrome?
Not to be mistaken for Asperger’s Disease, this syndrome is a neurobiological disorder in your brain that can affect you socially and developmentally. What may seem like a simple shyness can really be a complete lack of communication and behavior that affects your entire life. Children are usually the first to be diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. It is seen very early on in school, but not usually because of developmental delays, but because of interaction problems.
Usually it is the teacher at school that notices that the child is very intelligent in memory and vocabulary but refuses to make eye contact with someone, fails to express themselves in the right way, and fails to make any friends at all, often isolating themselves in order to do other things.
Other symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome include:
- Failure to notice other’s emotions
- Fails to respond or appears not to hear you
- Repetitive behavior
- Fixates on one subject or hobby and learns everything they can about it
- Follows rituals all of the time
- Distressed by loud noises, lights, or textures
- Strange language
- Speech is very monotone
- Has problems with non verbal communication
The list of symptoms is actually very long, so it really isn’t difficult to diagnose a child with Asperger’s Syndrome, although that wasn’t always the case. It only was officially recognized as a disorder in 1994, so for many years children were being misdiagnosed with some very serious disorders. Asperger’s syndrome often gets confused with Autism since the similarities are overwhelming. However it is different because of the way the brain processes information. It is important that as you see your child struggle through certain social, behavioral, and communicative problems that you note everything that seems out of place. This will help your doctor to diagnose Asperger’s in the correct way.
As of right now, there is no cure for Asperger’s Syndrome, but there is treatment that can improve the overall quality of life. Although you could go with the traditional synthetic drugs, you are more apt to have fewer side effects if you go with a more natural remedy. Since this is a serious condition it is advisable to see a homeopathic or holistic practitioner who knows exactly what formula and herbs to use. They may try numerous herbal ingredients to see which works best for your child. Things like St. John’s Wort, Passiflora, and Chamomile to start. All three help ease the symptoms that come along with Asperger’s Syndrome. A holistic approach is recommended because it addresses the underlying cause rather than isolating the symptoms which can be harmful to a child as new drugs are being introduced in the medical world.