Asperger Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome is a disorder with very similar aspects to Autism. Individuals with Asperger’s can have difficulties with social interaction, speech, and some development.

There also may be an associated change in language use and some clumsiness. Often they can seem as intelligent as anyone else, but something may seem off.

Several behavioral differences or changes can be seen in the first 2-3 years. It is important to remember that not all patients are the same and a variation of the severity of symptoms can be seen.

This diagnosis used to be on its own – but as of 2013, it has been grouped with other similar disorders called – Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD. Initial symptoms are often (but not always) the lack of eye contact in a younger child.

He or She also might not completely understand some social things, that someone of their own age would typically understand.


–  Difficulty with non-verbal communication
–  Decreased or absence of empathy
–  Insensitivity
–  Decreased activities
–  Some awkwardness in social settings
–  Speech may be loud
–  Changes in emotion
–  There can be changes in motor skills
–  Changes in sleep

Potential Causes:

–  Largely the causes are unknown
–  There is a possible genetic component that needs further studying


Several options exist regarding improvement and control of several symptoms

Age-related improvements may be accomplished by specific interventions

A large number of stresses including social and educational difficulties.

1.)  Speech therapist
2.)  Occupational therapy
3.)  Social skills
4.)  Educational intervention

Typically adults with Aspergers have a better prognosis than those with Autism