Asperger's Disorder (Medical Psychiatry) by Jeffrey L. Rausch, Maria E. Johnson, Manuel F. Casanova

By Jeffrey L. Rausch, Maria E. Johnson, Manuel F. Casanova

Not less than seven million little ones and youngsters are with developmental, behavioral, or psychological problems. Asperger's illness, which could persist from formative years into grownup hood, unearths childrens facing psychiatric problems akin to melancholy, recognition deficit ailment, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disease. This reference examines the etiology, prognosis and remedy of Asperger's affliction from prognosis in early life during the transition to maturity.

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Of course he would always choose the smaller, more helpless ones to hit, who became very afraid of him. Perhaps he would turn on the lights or the water, or suddenly run away from his mother or another accompanying adult, to be caught only with difficulty. Then again, he may have thrown himself into a puddle so that he would be spattered with mud from head to foot. These impulsive acts occurred without any warning and were therefore extremely difficult to manage or control. In each of these situations it was always the worst, most embarrassing, most dangerous thing that happened.

The normal speech melody, the natural flow of speech, was missing. Most of the time, he spoke very slowly, dragging out certain words for an exceptionally long time. He also showed increased modulation so that his speech was often sing-song. The content of his speech too was completely different from what one would expect of a normal child: only rarely was what he said in answer to a 9 Kanner (1943) does not dwell much on peculiarity of gaze in his first case descriptions, but a clear reference to the same phenomenon that Asperger describes appears in the case of Virginia: ‘She responded when called by getting up and coming nearer, without even looking up to the person who called her.

This was without anybody ever having tried to teach him — apart from answering occasional questions he asked. His extraordinary calculating ability had been reported by the parents and was verified by us. Incidentally, we found, in general, that the parents had an 14 Asperger excellent understanding of their child’s intellectual abilities. Such knowledge as the boy possessed was not accessible by questioning at will. Rather, it showed itself accidentally, especially during his time on the ward, where he was given individual tuition.

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