Asperger Syndrome diagnostic criteria – How to evaluate AS child properly? (6)

Asperger Syndrome diagnostic criteria – How to evaluate AS child properly? (6)


How do you approach a child with Asperger’s
syndrome in your practice? We believe in Asperger syndrome. We think it’s a clinical entity, which is
different from Autism Spectrum Disorder. These children, unlike autism spectrum disorder-type
children, they often have excellent speech and language skills, they have a rather rigid
way of looking at the world. For example, they have a prodigious memory
often, they have many many skills, which are different from children with traditional ASD
[autism spectrum disorder] It’s distinct, we think so. In America, as you know, Asperger syndrome
has been removed from the classification, and it’s thought of in America that it’s just
a high-functioning autism. But we think it’s a distinctive, different
entity, but only time will tell. When you encounter children with a potential
Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis, what are the tests and diagnostic criteria that you use
to confirm or refute Asperger diagnosis? It kind of exactly the same process as I described
– the multidisciplinary process that we have evolved for the Autism Spectrum Disorder clinic. We think that there’s no difference in management
except to get the educational setting right. Schools often welcome children with Asperger
syndrome, because they’re often very bright, and they have skills, which other children
without Asperger syndrome, don’t have. So you could argue that there can be educational
advantage to have Asperger’s syndrome over people who are “normal”. It’s interesting, sounds like “super children”? – Well, it’s a concept we toy with, “super
children”, but there are certainly many many stories about children with Asperger syndrome
having extraordinarily well-developed skills, mathematical skills and memory skills, in
particular, but they don’t seem to have any idea about the normal social boundaries, which
are acceptable and which are not acceptable. For example, they invade personal space, they
go on and on talking about a subject long after the other person has become bored. They are rather literal in their thinking,
so, for example, if it’s raining and you say, “it’s raining cats and dogs”, they will say,
“Well, where are the cats and where are the dogs?” So they’re very literal, they don’t do empathy
very well. It’s a very interesting condition, I have
met many children with Asperger syndrome who are extraordinarily gifted and usually very
bright, with IQs of 150 or more. Dr. Anton Titov MD

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