Named after the doctor who first identified its characteristics, Asperger Syndrome(AS) is sometimes referred to as high functioning Autism or an Autistic spectrum disorder(ASD).
It is a condition that affects the way a person communicates and relates to others and they may appear insensitive to other people’s feelings. They find it hard to understand non-verbal signals, including facial expressions.
People with Asperger Syndrome may have narrow interests and show inflexibility of thought and behaviour. They often develop an almost obsessive interest or hobby.With encouragement these interests can be developed so that they can go on to study or work in their favourite subjects.
Because many people with Asperger Syndrome have average or above average intelligence, they enter main stream school, and with the right support and encouragement make good progress and go onto further education and employment.
It is common to have associated conditions such as Dyspraxia and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) as well as Asperger Syndrome.