Asperger's Disorder

Asperger's Disorder one of the milder variants of Autistic Disorder.   Both Asperger's Disorder and Autistic Disorder are subgroups of a larger diagnostic category called either Autistic Spectrum Disorders or Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD).  Individuals with these conditions often display social isolation and eccentric behavior in childhood. There are impairments in two-sided social interaction and non-verbal communication. Their speech may seem peculiar due to abnormalities of inflection and a repetitive pattern. Clumsiness is prominent both in their articulation and gross motor behavior. They frequently have circumscribed areas of interest little involvement in age appropriate, common activities. Some examples are cars or trains, French Literature, light switches, astronomy or history.  The name "Asperger" comes from Hans Asperger, an Austrian physician who first described the syndrome in 1944. 


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