Asperger’s Syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects how people interact with others, verbally and non-verbally. Over 1 in 100 people in the UK are affected by Asperger’s Syndrome and it appears to affect more men than women.
The exact cause of Asperger’s Syndrome is unknown, but it is on the autism spectrum. People who have Asperger’s usually have above average intelligence and don’t have as many problems with speech and communication as people with other types of autism.
Symptoms can include:
- Social skills problems.
- Restricted or repetitive behaviours.
- Unusual preoccupations or rituals.
- Communication difficulties.
- Limited range of interests.
- Coordination problems.
- Skilled or talented.
- Appear to be sensitive.
Studies suggest that Asperger’s is a genetic condition, and is passed down through families. Schools attempt to diagnose children and can provide support at an early age. A speech/language therapist and paediatrician usually work together for diagnosis.
Symptoms can diminish as children hit their teenage years, and in some cases, social skills that may have been lacking previously can be learnt. Teenagers with Asperger’s Syndrome may find that in some cases and most social situations they can be overly trusting and a little naive.