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Asperger Syndrome (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care for Asperger's

An individual should seek medical care to begin a comprehensive diagnostic assessment when problems with motor skills become apparent; or when problems with behaviors, social skills, and interaction begin in a preschool-aged or early school-aged child; or when the diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome is suspected in the course of a pediatric or other health care visit. Medical care is also indicated when psychopharmacologic treatment is considered for the management of problematic behaviors or symptoms associated with Asperger's syndrome.

Asperger's Syndrome Diagnosis

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An interdisciplinary team is generally required for a comprehensive clinical assessment. This comprehensive evaluation should include a psychological assessment (including, at a minimum, intellectual and adaptive functioning), a communication evaluation (particularly focused on nonverbal forms of communication), and a neurological, psychiatric, and medical evaluation. Intellectual (IQ) testing may be of specific help, since verbal IQ scores are often significantly higher than performance IQ scores for children with Asperger's syndrome.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017

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