Peggy Halliday discusses a variety of topics related to autism spectrum disorders, such as what is asperger's syndrome
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Host: What is Asperger's Syndrome? Peggy Phalliday: Asperger's Syndrome is one of the autism spectrum disorders. A child has deficits in the areas of behavior, and social skills but develops normally in terms of communication, at least in terms of how their speech develops. There may be differences in terms of communication in a way a child's speech patterns are or their understanding of some of the social nuances of language but their language develops when they expect it, when parents would expect it to develop. In terms of social skills, they may have deficits in ways like difficulty making friends, difficulty understanding social gestures and understanding body language. They may have a lot of difficulty reading body language. In terms of behaviors, they may have restricted patterns of interests where they are excessively preoccupied with a certain topic or a certain object or parts of objects.