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    Asperger's Syndrome
    By Mary

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    Asperger's Syndrome is a type of neurological disorder that have some characteristics of autism. They are not necessarily autistic, yet it falls under the umbrella of autism and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). Many times children who have Asperger's are extremely bright, but have social difficulties. They don't react to social situations and social cues as most children and adults do, for example, smiling when they shouldn't be smiling. It isn't that they mean to smile, it is just neurologically wired that way into their brain.

    It would be beneficial for this student to see a pediatric neurologist who has knowledge of Asperger's Syndrome to be diagnosed. Unfortunately, a psychologist may not pick this condition up when testing. Just to let you know, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton were thought to have Asperger's Syndrome.

    Your student wants to do the right thing and make friends, he just doesn't know how to go about it. Essentially, after being diagnosed, he should qualify for special ed services under the diagnosis of Autism, even thought Asperger's is not necessarily autism. It is just for lack of a better term and falls under the umbrella of autism. He should also qualify for autism resource services which will help him learn how to respond to social situations more appropriately.


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