What is Asperger Syndrome?

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By albert
Mar 5, 2020
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Asperger syndrome, known as Asperger’s, is a developmental disorder considered as a milder autism spectrum disorder. This syndrome is characterized by the inability to interact socially or communicate well and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. However, Asperger’s is different from the other types of autism spectrum disorder because the person has normal language and intelligence. The condition usually appears at the age of 2 and continues with the person for the rest of their life.

Previously, scientists and psychiatrists considered Asperger’s to be a condition of its own. However, in 2013, the syndrome was categorized as a type of autism spectrum disorder. The condition affects males more than females and has an incidence rate of between 0.03 and 4.8 per 1,000 people. People with Asperger’s tend to have obsessive interests and behaviors, social impairment, delay in motor development, and difficulties in sensation, imagination, and speech.

1. Symptoms of Asperger Syndrome

There is a wide range of signs and symptoms. The early signs appearing in the first 2 years of life including delay in the development of motor skills causing awkwardness and/ or clumsiness. The other signs and symptoms include restrictive and repetitive interests such as listing or numbering and abnormal speech that is usually flat, slow, or fast, with an inappropriate volume. They may also have certain rituals and routines, with changes making them anxious and confused. People with Asperger’s may also be poor in social skills and appear withdrawn and uninterested in other people so that it’s difficult for them to make friends.

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