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What are the symptoms of Asperger's in kids?

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Some of the most common symptoms of Asperger syndrome are differences in social development, obsessive interest in specific topics, and abnormal application or use of language skills, according to MedicineNet. The average age of diagnosis is 11.

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Differences from normal social development are difficult to identify in toddlers and can lead to misdiagnosis, says MedicineNet. Some differences in social development include a lack of interest in or difficulty making friends; inability to pick up on nonverbal communication; unusual sensitivity to visual stimuli, odors, noises, tastes or touch; and inability to infer others' emotions, feelings or thoughts.

Children with Asperger syndrome are unusually intensely interested in topics like trains or cars compared to other children, explains MedicineNet. These interests may remain their focus despite attempts to change the subject.

Children with Asperger syndrome generally have normal language development in grammar, vocabulary and syntax, states MedicineNet. However, they often have trouble applying or using language skills. Their speech may be irrelevant to discussions or disorganized, or they may have trouble understanding subtle uses of language, such as sarcasm or irony, and interpret language literally.

As some children with Asperger syndrome grow into young adults, they may develop depression or anxiety, notes the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are also common in children with Asperger syndrome.

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