The, Asperger 's Syndrome, And The Concept Of Psychology Conjures Up A Rich Variety Of Images

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The word “Asperger’s” and the concept of psychology conjures up a rich variety of images: a patient affected by social impairments, speech and language peculiarities, and difficulties with nonverbal communication. Initially located along the autism spectrum, such a misconception is not entirely unjustified, given how some of the disorder’s symptoms are remarkably similar. In truth, Asperger’s syndrome is separate from autism. While there is no determined cure, this paper will hopefully review the historical background, diagnostic features, and overall management/treatment options while also elaborating on its influence with behaviorism.

The developmental disorder referred to as Asperger’s disorder – more commonly known as Asperger’s syndrome – was first described in 1944 by Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger, specifically as “autistic psychopathy”. The year before, Austrian-American psychiatrist Leo Kanner published his findings on what he dubbed “early infantile autism”; ironically, despite these similarities, the two were unaware of each other’s work. “In Asperger’s original description of autistic psychopathy, the children, all of whom were male with normal intelligence, exhibited a quantitative impairment in reciprocal social interactions and behavior oddities without delays in language development. Asperger also noted that these children had poor coordination with motor clumsiness, and extreme interest in memorizing all the detail of bus and train schedules in Vienna”…

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