“Asperger syndrome is a mild autism spectrum, which is a neurobiological condition. It can be diagnosed at school age, from the age of 5, unlike other types of autism that can manifest symptoms from an early age. There is no defined hereditary factor and many parents do not even notice it until the minor enters school”, says Dr. Pamela Muñoz, pediatric neurologist at our clinic.
Some characteristics that define a child with Asperger:
- They have difficulties establishing social relationships
- It is difficult for them to convey their emotions, feelings and what they want
- Does not show facial expressions in reaction to the emotions of others
- It is ritualistic, has little flexibility of thought, must comply with the rules
- Use extremely formal language, with an extensive vocabulary and curious intonation
- The child has an exceptional memory and can be very smart
- Unlike their contemporaries, they may have specific interests, such as learning about dinosaurs, space, robots, countries, etc.
Recommendations for parents if your child is diagnosed with Asperger’s:
- Don’t think about what your child lacks. As parents, you must understand your child’s condition, because it is one in which you have to work and integrate them emotionally so that they can understand social relationships.
- Help them in their social integration. Understand that if at certain times the child does not want to participate or interact, it is totally valid.
- Encourage their abilities. It is important to encourage your child’s interests because that could be a way of life in the future, as they are extremely effective when setting their minds to something.
The treatment of this condition, especially this syndrome, requires multidisciplinary management. At Clinica Ricardo Palma we have key specialties such as pediatric neurology, child psychiatry and psychology for behavioral and emotional management. Thus, we provide specialized guidance to parents and relatives, so that they have the appropriate tools and can provide the child with the support and accompaniment that they require.
Dr. Pamela Muñoz
Pediatric neurologist at Clínica Ricardo Palma