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