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How does Asperger syndrome affect social skills?

Many individuals with AS want to develop friendships and interact with their peers, but lack the ability to understand and use rules governing social behavior. They have difficulty using and interpreting gestures, judging proximity to others, and maintaining eye contact, all of which may impede the development of personal relationships.

The social behavior of persons with AS tends to be naive and peculiar and movement is likely to be awkward and clumsy. Because of an intense interest in one or two topics, the individual with Asperger syndrome may talk at people instead of to people, disregarding the listener’s interest or attention. Although individuals with AS may make efforts to socially interact with others, their unusual manner may leave many people not knowing how to respond. The person with Asperger syndrome may then be left misunderstood and isolated.

Source: Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)

*Asperger syndrome, or Asperger's, is a term that is no longer used as a formal diagnosis. In current diagnostic criteria, the syndrome is included under the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders.

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