Asperger syndrome: A milder form of autism where children tend to isolate themselves socially and are somewhat eccentric. They have difficulty with verbal communication and have interests that are very channeled.
If an infant does not cuddle, make eye contact or respond to affection and touching, or have abnormal responses to a combination of senses; such as hearing, balance, smell, taste and reaction to pain, parents should be seriously concerned.
This lack of responsiveness may be accompanied by an inability to communicate appropriately, and by a persistent failure to develop two-way social relationships. The language skills may be poor, even nonexistent, sometimes repeating words or phrases in place of normal language or using gestures and pointing instead of words.
This disorder affects only female and is extremely rare affecting only only one in 100,000 children. This disorder starts with hand wringing movements that are so dramatic that a child may have problems feeding themselves. These children may also develop the criteria for autism as well.
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