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How is Asperger's syndrome diagnosed?

Properly diagnosing a child with Asperger's syndrome is difficult because other conditions, like attention deficit disorder and other disorders on the autism spectrum, can have symptoms similar to Asperger's syndrome. In order for a health care provider to diagnose an affected child, the provider may ask the parent questions about the child's behavior and development. A series of tests may be performed to help determine the affected child's visual and motor abilities. It is likely that your doctor will want to observe your child's behavior for a while to monitor how they behave.

*Asperger syndrome, or Asperger's, is a term that is no longer used as a formal diagnosis. In current diagnostic criteria, the syndrome is included under the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.

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