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Asperger Syndrome

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is Asperger syndrome?

Asperger syndrome is a developmental disorder that can cause problems with social skills, behavior, and coordination. Asperger syndrome is part of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Spectrum means signs and symptoms can vary from one child to another and range from mild to severe.

What are the signs and symptoms of Asperger syndrome?

Signs and symptoms usually start during the early developmental period, often by 3 years. Your child may not reach expected milestones. He or she may reach milestones but then lose skills that were gained. You may notice any of the following about your child:

How is Asperger syndrome diagnosed?

Your child will be checked for other conditions that may look like Asperger syndrome or occur with it. Some examples are anxiety, depression, and ADHD. If tests rule out other causes, the following can help diagnose Asperger syndrome:

How is Asperger syndrome managed?

Your child's healthcare provider may talk to you about levels of support for your child. This is based on challenges your child has with social skills, communication, and repeated behaviors. The level of support ranges from 1 to 3. Level 3 is the most support needed.

What can I do to support my child?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

For support and more information:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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