syndrome (AS) is an autism spectrum disorder. It is
milder than autism but shares some of its symptoms. It is more
common in boys than girls.
An obsessive interest in a single subject is a major symptom of
AS. Some children with AS have become experts on dinosaurs, makes
and models of cars, even objects as seemingly odd as vacuum
cleaners. Their expertise, high level of vocabulary and formal
speech patterns make them seem like little professors.
Children with AS have trouble reading social cues and
recognizing other people's feelings. They may have strange
movements or mannerisms. All of these make it difficult for them to
make friends. Problems with motor skills are also common in
children with AS. They may be late learning to ride a bike or catch
a ball, for example. Treatment focuses on the three main symptoms:
poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines, and
NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and
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