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Parent Guide To Aspergers Children

Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) is a form of autism where the child has difficulty in communicating and interacting with others, which can result in high levels of confusion and anxiety. AS is three to four times more prevalent in boys rather than in girls. AS appears to be on the increase but in many cases is so mild as to be difficult to diagnose and treat. Many are diagnosed after the age of 3, and most between the ages of 5 and 9.

A child suffering from AS has normal intelligence and language development but his/her social skills are severely impaired. Lack of effective communication with others is a clear symptom as well as poor coordination. Obsessions, peculiar mannerisms, odd speech patterns and poor social interactions are all symptoms of AS. Children with AS tend to be socially underdeveloped, and might appear eccentric or odd.

Consider the child’s preference

When choosing toys for a kid with AS consider if the child has a preference for particular textures, objects or animals, typical with the condition. You might consider stuffed animals or toys of a variety of textures which might appeal to the child. Other ideas are crayons, washable paints or other art supplies, and small sensory toys like balls and vibrating toys. The older child might like a puzzle or abacus, books or some such toys that will challenge his intellect or creativity.

If the child is old enough to understand it might be a good idea to take the child with you to make his or her own selection. But make sure the child is comfortable about going along and take someone who can recognize the triggers in case he/she has a meltdown.

Toys to be avoided are those with bright, flashing lights and those that make a loud noise. Many children with AS are sensitive to light and sound.

Read Here for list of toys to buy for childrens with Asperger’s Syndrome