What is Asperger’s?

 

Definition

 

By Mayo Clinic Staff

 

Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Children with Asperger's syndrome typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics.

 

Doctors group Asperger's syndrome with other conditions that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders. These disorders all involve problems with social skills and communication. Asperger's syndrome is generally thought to be at the milder end of this spectrum.

 

While there's no cure for Asperger's syndrome, if your child has the condition treatment can help him or her learn how to interact more successfully in social situations.

In very broad terms, individuals with Asperger’s have normal or above average intelligence, with poorly developed social skills, often with emotional/social development maturing later than his or her peers, and speech and language peculiarities.

 

As of May 2013, Asperger's has been omitted from the DMS-V.  All diagnosis' will now be ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder).

 

In recent years, such high profile authors and speakers as John Elder Robison and animal scientist http Temple Grandin” have shared their stories of life with Asperger syndrome. In doing so, they have helped raise awareness of its associated challenges and special abilities.

 

Check out these great resources:

 

http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/asperger-syndrome

 

“Look me in the Eyes:  My Life with Asperger's” by John Elder Robison

http://www.johnrobison.com/

"The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger's" by Dr. Temple Grandin

http://www.templegrandin.com/templegrandinbooks.html