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Asperger's Syndrome
  Asperger’s syndrome is a form of Autism. People with Asperger’s syndrome are very often of high intelligence, but have difficulty understanding how to interact socially, which can lead to social isolation and eccentric behaviour.

A person with Asperger’s syndrome may also display:
  • Difficulty making friends
  • Difficulty reading or communicating through non-verbal cues such as facial expressions and body language
  • Difficulty understanding social cues

What is Asperger syndrome?
  Asperger's Syndrome is a Pervasive Developmental Disorder that falls within the autistic spectrum. It is a life-long condition, which affects about 1 in 200 people, more commonly in men than women. Those with Asperger's Syndrome are usually of average or above average intelligence. The condition is characterised by difficulties with Social Interaction, Social Communication and Flexibility of Thinking or Imagination. In addition, there may be sensory, motor and organisational difficulties. This condition was first identified over 50 years ago by Hans Asperger, a Viennese paediatrician.

What are the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome?
  The symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome vary and can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:
  • People with Asperger’s syndrome may not make eye contact when speaking with someone. They may have trouble using facial expressions and gestures, and understanding body language.
  • They can have good language skills. But some people with Asperger syndrome think that people always mean what they say. For example, someone with Asperger syndrome might not be able to tell when someone is joking.
  • They may only talk about their favourite subject.
  • They may be very interested in some things. For example, they may be very interested in trains or the weather.
  • They may not understand how other people feel.
  • They may want to take part in games or activities with other people. But they may not know how to do this.


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