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What are the signs and symptoms of Asperger's syndrome?

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They start early in life. If you're a mom or dad of a child who has it, you may notice your child can't make eye contact. You may also find that your child seems awkward in social situations and doesn't know what to say or how to respond when someone talks to him or her. Your child may miss social cues that are obvious to other folks, like body language or the expressions on people's faces. Another sign is that your child may show few emotions, like not smiling when happy or speaking in a flat, robotic kind of way.

From: Asperger's Syndrome WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "New DSM-5 includes changes to autism criteria."

American Psychiatric Association: "Autism Spectrum Disorder," "Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder."

Asperger/Autism Network: "Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis in Children."

Autism Society: "Asperger's Syndrome."

Autism Speaks: "Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about DSM-5," "Asperger Syndrome," "Interventions and Treatment Options," "Social Communication Disorder: Parents Seek Guidance."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet."

Nemours Foundation: "Asperger Syndrome."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "New DSM-5 includes changes to autism criteria."

American Psychiatric Association: "Autism Spectrum Disorder," "Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder."

Asperger/Autism Network: "Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis in Children."

Autism Society: "Asperger's Syndrome."

Autism Speaks: "Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about DSM-5," "Asperger Syndrome," "Interventions and Treatment Options," "Social Communication Disorder: Parents Seek Guidance."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Autism Spectrum Disorder Fact Sheet."

Nemours Foundation: "Asperger Syndrome."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on May 20, 2018

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