Autism Spectrum Disorder

Asperger Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome is a developmental disability that is on the spectrum of autism disorders. Although children with Asperger have difficulties with social interaction and repetitive behaviors, they are still said to have a high functioning form of ASD because they do not have significant delays in cognitive development or language. In addition to the other symptoms of ASD, behaviors and characteristics exhibited by children with Asperger include:

  • difficulties with nonverbal communication (gestures, expressions, etc.)
  • above average or average verbal communication
  • difficulties maintaining eye contact
  • largely one-sided conversations
  • repetitive speech
  • difficulties understanding nonliteral phrases or emotional issues
  • obsession with specific topics
  • awkward and repetitive movements/mannerisms

Because Asperger Syndrome is a form of ASD, the diagnostic process and treatment methods for Asperger syndrome are the same as the ones used for other variations of ASD.

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