Asperger’s Syndrome

Mental Health

Asperger’s syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder that is named after the medical doctor Hans Asperger. Dr. Asperger found that certain children displayed typical or higher-than-average levels of intelligence and language development but struggled with social skills and communicating with others. It was first described as mild autism but was later found to be a disorder in its own right. While the statistics for the prevalence of Asperger’s are not wildly known, it is estimated that 1 in 88 children over eight years of age have an autism spectrum disorder and that Asperger’s itself is four times more prevalent in boys than girls.

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