Asperger syndrome is an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Compared with those affected by other forms of ASD, those with Asperger syndrome do not have significant delays or difficulties in language or cognitive development. Some even demonstrate precocious vocabulary.
What is Aspergers?
The following behaviors/symptoms are often associated with Asperger syndrome. However, they are seldom all present in any one individual and vary widely in degree:
- Limited or inappropriate social interactions
- “Robotic” or repetitive speech
- Challenges with nonverbal communication (gestures, facial expression, etc.) coupled with average to above average verbal skills
- Tendency to discuss self rather than others
- Inability to understand social/emotional issues or nonliteral phrases
- Lack of eye contact or reciprocal conversation
- Obsession with specific, often unusual, topics
- One-sided conversations
- Awkward movements and/or mannerisms
Link Between Autism and the Gut
You may read more on our Autism page here.
If your child has Asperger Syndrome or these symptoms we may be able to help and/or make a proper referral.