How was Asperger syndrome (AS) discovered?

In 1944, an Austrian pediatrician named Hans Asperger observed four children in his practice who had difficulty integrating socially. Although their intelligence appeared normal, the children lacked nonverbal communication skills, failed to demonstrate empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy. Their way of speaking was either disjointed or overly formal, and their all-absorbing interest in a single topic dominated their conversations. Dr. Asperger called the condition "autistic psychopathy" and described it as a personality disorder primarily marked by social isolation.

This answer is based on source information from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger’s syndrome is a type of mild autism, is more common in boys. A child with Asperger’s syndrome has great difficulty with social skills, and friendships are difficult. There are problems with motor skills, so kids don't lea...

rn to throw a ball. But the child has an obsessive interest in a specific subject, and will talk non-stop about that subject yet may have poor communication skills otherwise. Focus on your child's strengths and make sure the school has the capability to help develop lagging social and communication skills. Medication can also help.

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