By Jeffrey L. Rausch, Maria E. Johnson, Manuel F. Casanova
No less than seven million teenagers and youngsters are troubled with developmental, behavioral, or psychological problems. Asperger's disease, which may persist from early life into grownup hood, reveals little ones facing psychiatric problems comparable to melancholy, cognizance deficit ailment, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive affliction. This reference examines the etiology, analysis and therapy of Asperger's affliction from prognosis in formative years throughout the transition to maturity.
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First, he rarely reacted to stimuli appropriately but followed his own internally generated impulses. Secondly, he could not engage in the lively reciprocity of normal social interaction. In order to judge his abilities it was therefore necessary to look at his spontaneous productions. As the parents had already pointed out, he often surprised us with remarks that betrayed an excellent apprehension of a situation and an accurate judgement of people. This was the more amazing as he apparently never took any notice of his environment.
Learning to read, in particular sounding out words, proceeded with moderate difficulties. It was almost impossible to teach him the simple skills needed in everyday life. While observing such a lesson, one could not help feeling that he was not listening at all, only making mischief. It was, therefore, the more surprising, as became apparent occasionally, for example through reports from the mother, that he had managed to learn quite a lot. It was typical of Fritz, as of all similar children, that he seemed to see a lot using only ‘peripheral vision’, or to take in things ‘from the edge of attention’.
Whereas children with autism exhibit delays in social interaction, language, or play before age 3 years, those with Asperger’s disorder do not manifest clinically significant delays in language, cognitive development, self-help skills, most adaptive behavior, or curiosity about the environment. Autism presents with qualitative communication impairments, which can include uncompensated deficits in spoken language development, impairment in initiating or sustaining conversation, deficits in communication through play, as well as language stereotypies or idiosyncrasies.
Asperger's Disorder (Medical Psychiatry) by Jeffrey L. Rausch, Maria E. Johnson, Manuel F. Casanova