If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Kanner syndrome, you may be wondering what this condition is and what it means for your future. Here, we’ll provide some basic information about Kanner syndrome and its symptoms, as well as give you some resources for further reading.
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What is Kanner syndrome?
Kanner syndrome, also called autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a person’s social skills behaviors, and ability to communicate. People with Kanner syndrome often have difficulty understanding and responding to other people’s emotions. They may also have repetitive behaviors or interests and may be Sensory processing issues are also common in people with Kanner syndrome.
While there is no cure for Kanner syndrome, early intervention and treatment can help improve social skills, communication, and behavior.
What are the symptoms of Kanner syndrome?
Most children with Kanner syndrome are diagnosed by the age of 3. The main features of Kanner syndrome include:
· Delays in speech and language development. Most children with Kanner syndrome do not start speaking until after age 4, and their speech patterns are unusual. They may use made-up words or imitate the way others speak.
· Repetitive motions and interests. Children with Kanner syndrome often have repetitive movements, such as head banging, hand flapping, or spinning. They may also become fixated on certain interests, such as spinning objects or lining up toys in a certain way.
· Social and emotional problems. Children with Kanner syndrome often have trouble relating to other people. They may be shy or withdrawn and have trouble understanding nonverbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. As a result, they may seem insensitive to the feelings of others.
How is Kanner syndrome diagnosed?
A diagnosis of Kanner syndrome may be made based on:
-A thorough clinical evaluation and developmental history
-Detailed observation of the child’s behavior
-A review of the child’s medical records
-Laboratory tests, including genetic testing
-Imaging studies, such as MRI or CT scan, to rule out other possible causes of the child’s symptoms
After a complete evaluation, the doctor will work with the family to develop a treatment plan.
What is the prognosis for Kanner syndrome?
The prognosis for Kanner syndrome is affected by the severity of the symptoms. Many individuals with Kanner syndrome require lifelong care and support. Some people with milder symptoms may be able to live independently with the help of support services. There is no cure for Kanner syndrome, but early diagnosis and intervention can help improve the person’s quality of life.
What are the treatments for Kanner syndrome?
There is no known cure for Kanner syndrome and no specific medical treatment has been shown to improve the condition. However, early intervention and support can make a significant difference to a person’s development and quality of life.
Early intervention programs aim to improve communication, social skills, and behavior. They may also provide education and support for families. In some cases, antipsychotic medication may be prescribed to help manage challenging behavior.
Janice is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Special Education. She also holds a Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) from Queen’s University, Belfast. She has worked with and case managed children and youth with autism and other intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in home and residential setting since 2013.