Lecture 2b - Lecture 2 B Children with Pervasive...

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Lecture 2. B) Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders – Asperger’s Syndrome Introduction - Discovered by Viennese psychiatrist Hans Asperger in 1944 – one year after Kanner’s paper - Characterized by major difficulties in social interaction and by unusual patterns of interests and behaviors in children with relatively intact cognitive and communication skills - Boys more likely to be affected - Better long-term outcome than for autism - Strong memory skills - Understand and prefer quantifiable information - Can experience academic difficulties as a result of poor problem solving and organizational skills - Concrete and literal thinking - Difficulty differentiating relevant and irrelevant information - Low social standing among peers - Poor motor skills along with coordination and balance problems - No clinically significant delay in language development o Good structural language skills that follow the same trajectory as heir typical peers o Struggle with pragmatics and semantics of language
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