Asperger’s syndrome

Asperger syndrome, Autism spectrum disorder, ASD, autism, Asperger’s disorder, autism spectrum condition (ASC), high-functioning autism (HFA)

What is Asperger’s syndrome?

Asperger’s syndrome is a form of autism, a condition people are born with which causes them to act and communicate differently. The term is sometimes used to describe people with autism who have above average intelligence. It is now more common to be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

What causes Asperger’s syndrome?

It is not known what causes Asperger’s syndrome and Autism spectrum disorder. There are around 700,000 autistic people in the UK.

What are the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome?

Asperger’s is a form of autism, which causes people to see, hear and feel the world differently from someone who is neurotypical.

Usually, people affected by Asperger’s have difficulties in social communication, social interaction and social imagination. They may:

  • Have difficulties understanding body language
  • Be very literal
  • Struggle to make and maintain friendships
  • Not understand other people’s feelings and thoughts
  • Have sensory difficulties
  • Enjoy routine and rituals
  • Have highly focused interests

Are you affected by Asperger’s syndrome?

If you’re affected by Asperger’s syndrome, The Brain Charity can support you.

We are the only charity in the UK to be here for every one of the more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence. Together, many are rare, but combined, they affect 1 in 6 people.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with Asperger’s syndrome, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with Asperger’s syndrome from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

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Caring for someone affected by Asperger’s syndrome

The world is often an overwhelming place for someone living with Asperger’s syndrome. Anxiety in children and adults with autism can be very high and it is important to find ways to manage it. It can be beneficial to have some strategies in place, such as planning any changes to routines ahead of time or listening to calm music.

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with Asperger’s syndrome? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including Asperger’s syndrome, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

The Brain Charity's library

The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Asperger's Syndrome and on a wide range of disability related issues

Support groups

Other charities

Asperger's Syndrome Foundation (charity providing information to those seeking to understand Asperger’s Syndrome)

National Autistic Society (charity striving to create a society that works for autistic people)

Helpline: 0808 800 4104
Website: www.autism.org.uk