Asperger 's Syndrome, By Hans Asperger Essay

825 Words Mar 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Asperger’s Syndrome, which was originally described by Hans Asperger in 1944(Attwood,23), is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is considered to be on the mild side of the Autism Spectrum. “Autism Spectrum Disorders are severe disorders of development that can affect social interaction, communication, play, and learning(fine communication).”

Because AS was only recently identified as a diagnosis, a count of the number of individuals affected by this syndrome is still hard to come by. Recent survey results from the National Institute of Child Health and Mental Development estimate that 1 in 500 people (0.2% of the general population) have some form of AS. Some estimates run between 0.36% and .71%. Among people with Asperger’s, the prevalence of males to females diagnosed represents a ratio of 4:1(aane.org).

When evaluating a child with AS, there are certain criteria they must fit. These are certain characteristics that are the face of the syndrome, and are unique to it. These categories are recognized as: social, behavioral/emotional, intellectual/cognitive, academic, and sensory(Overview of chara).

When describing AS, in terms of social and behavioral characteristics, those with AS are no different than anyone else in that they usually put forth effort to make social connections with their peers. “However, their social difficulties, often times, stem from an incompetence and lack of understanding, and skill in initiating, and responding in various social situations,…

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