Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder that makes it very hard to interact with other people.
People with this syndrome have some traits of autism. For example, they may prefer routine and not like change. But unlike those with autism, people with Asperger's usually started to talk before 2 years of age. This is when speech normally starts to develop.
Asperger's syndrome is lifelong. But symptoms tend to improve over time. Adults with this condition can learn to understand their own strengths and weaknesses. And they can improve their social skills.
Both Asperger's syndrome and autism belong to the group of disorders called autism spectrum disorders (ASMs). You may hear this term used to describe Asperger's syndrome.
Symptoms vary, so no two people are the same.
Some people with Asperger's:
Treatment is based on your symptoms. Treatment may change often so that it's most useful for you.
Doctors and counsellors can help you learn more about Asperger's and build social and learning skills. Job training can help too.
Here are some ideas that can help:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics
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