Paula and Bobby
Parents of Lillie
Lack of Peer Relationships
Understanding nervous system related symptoms and features.
Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.
The nervous system is made up of a network of nerves and cells that carry messages to and from both the brain and the spinal cord. Within the nervous system are the Central nervous system and the Peripheral nervous system.
The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system.
Within the peripheral nervous system are the somatic and autonomic nervous systems. The somatic system controls responses to sensory stimuli, while the autonomic nervous system controls the inner workings of organs, including digestion, breathing and the heartbeat.
Sleep is one body function, controlled by the autonomic nervous system, specifically the sympathetic nervous system.
What is a lack of peer relationships?
A lack of peer relationships refers to when a child or individual lacks the emotional, social, behavioral and cognitive skills to build relationships with individuals their own age, or within the same social setting.
Sometimes this is driven by a lack of interest from the individual affected in building relationships and a preference for playing alone. Other times, their limited social and communication skills make it difficult for them to communicate with others in a way they can understand. This can be particularly challenging for children amongst other children.
A lack of peer relationships however can consequently make it harder for children and individuals to understand how to build and foster relationships
What should I do next?
In some instances, a lack of peer relationships may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.
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