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What Is Asperger's Syndrome?

Asperger’s syndrome is a term sometimes used to describe a developmental disorder that’s part of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD). People who have this type of ASD tend to have a hard time relating to others socially. They usually stick to a very specific routine, have a narrow set of interests, and act in repetitive ways such as flapping their hands.

Doctors sometimes call Asperger's a "high-functioning" type of ASD, which means its symptoms tend not to be as severe as other kinds of autism spectrum disorder.


ASD impacts about 1% of the population

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Millions of children and adults with this disorder face lifelong difficulties with communication and nervous system effects


No two people have the same symptoms


Special Need: Asperger's (Autism)

Age: 14

Best Friend: Lil’ Bud

Birthday: December 2

Hobbies: Computers and Magic

Favorite Movie: Toy Story 1, 2, and 3

Favorite Vacation Spot: Florida

Favorite Quote: “Hey Lil’ Bud”

About Asperger's Syndrome:

Autism is also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). ASD is a special needs developmental disorder that starts during pregnancy.


It is characterized by difficulties in three areas of social development:
1. Social communication and interaction.
2. Repetitive difficulty with behavior, interests, and activities.
3. Poor eye contact.
Asperger’s Syndrome is a type of ASD that applies to people who do not have intellectual problems but may have problems with language.


Their special need is characterized as follows:
1. Increased IQ.
2. People often excel in their interests and activities, i.e., music, math, art, medicine.


"Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental condition. ASD impacts about 1% of the population. Millions of children and adults with this disorder face lifelong difficulties with communication and nervous system effects. One area of focus for improving symptoms and quality of life for people with autism is sleep."


Read More: "Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Sleep" by Ray Soberano (Medically reviewed by Dr. Nilong Vyas, MD, MPH: Expert Pediatrician and Sleep Consultant)

"Asperger’s symptoms start early in life. Most diagnoses happen between ages 5 and 9, although some people are adults before they get their diagnosis. No two people have the same symptoms. But they're usually related to emotional, communication, and behavioral skills."

Read More: "What is Asperger's Syndrome?" written by Rachel Reiff Ellis, WebMD Editorial Contributor (Medically Reviewed by Zilpah Sheikh, MD on September 21, 2023)

"Asperger's syndrome is a neurobiological disorder considered to be part of the autism spectrum. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, although many experts believe there is a hereditary component. Asperger's syndrome can affect people of all races and socioeconomic backgrounds, although it is three to four times more common among men."

Read More: "What are the Main Symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome in Adults?" written by Dana Hinders (Last modified date: November 3, 2023

"The purpose of our helpful (we hope!) Asperger’s quiz is to lend a hand to anyone who may be wondering whether they exhibit — or someone they know exhibits — the complex (and-often-difficult-to-circumscribe) symptoms that point toward a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome."

Read More: Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet Asperger’s Quiz: The Quick and Easy Asperger’s Test

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