What is Asperger’s
Definition: It is a developmental disorder that affects a
person’s ability to socialize and communicate with others
Named after Hans Asperger, an Austrian physician who first
diagnosed condition in 1944. 1
Hans observed boys that had above average intelligence, but had
difficulties with language and social situations. He termed it as
Kids typically show signs of social awkwardness.
Speech may sound peculiar and seem clumsy
People who suffer from it may be very involved or absorbed
in the few things that do interest them. So involved in these
things that they leave no room for age appropriate common
interests of people their age.
Seem to lack empathy towards others
Live in own little world
Do not understand irony and humor
Unusual speech pattern sometimes loud and high pitched
A Form of Autism
It is considered as one of the autistic spectrum disorders all
relating to problems with social skills and communication.2
It is considered one of the milder forms of Autism.
How to Diagnose
Should be taken to doctor for diagnosis
They will first check for physical symptoms such as low
muscle tone and coordination problems
Referred to a specialist who is trained to diagnose
Asperger’s such as pediatric neurologist or psychiatrist
What help is available?
There is no cure for
Asperger’s, but there are
education for kids to help
them interact more
successfully with others.
No medications are given
Special Education-tailored to child's needs
Behavior Modification-supporting positive and decreasing
Speech, Physical, or occupational Therapy-can help increase
Social Skills Therapy- help provided through sessions to
increase their social skill and help them read cues from
others that they may lack3
Most function well because of higher than normal intelligence
At Risk for Future Conditions:4
Obsessive –compulsive Disorder
Can Asperger’s Be Prevented?
No, it cant be prevented, but early diagnosis can improve
quality of life and improve function dramatically