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Asperger's syndrome is a disorder which falls within what's known as the autistic spectrum.
This is a range of developmental problems which all have difficulties in three particular aspects of life:
* social interaction
* imagination and behaviour (with narrow and repetitive patterns, and a lack of creative play)
The cause is unknown, although it appears linked to early brain development, and there's no 'cure'.
There are usually less problems with Asperger's than autism
Across the spectrum of autistic disorders there's a huge range of ability. People with Asperger's tend to be at the more able end of the spectrum, although within the condition itself there's also a wide range of ability. People with Asperger's may have a normal or even above average intelligence and in a practical sense at least can often communicate well. They usually speak quite fluently, although their use of language may give clues to their problems with socialising, and may be unusually formal.
But their prospects for getting along in modern society, even a rather cold and often impatient one such as ours, are generally quite good. Many children with Asperger's go to local mainstream schools and, with the right support and encouragement, can make good progress. They may be very good at learning straight facts, although abstract thinking can be a struggle, so certain topics or jobs (such as computing) may come more naturally than others (for example, philosophy or poetry) Others, however, need specialist education in schools especially for children with autism or learning difficulties.
After school, many children with Asperger's can expect to settle into regular employment.
Social interaction may be the biggest hurdle
One of the biggest problems that people with Asperger's face is building relationships and a social life. Although usually keen to make friends, they have trouble identifying and understanding normal social non-verbal signals and cues that most of us take for granted. So they may appear insensitive to feelings and unable to appreciate humour.
Their world is often a very literal one, so many of the subtle twists and metaphors of language confuse them. Meanwhile they often develop overwhelmingly obsessive interests which can preoccupy them (but may form an ideal basis for a job).
The National Autistic Society provides a lot of information and support. Its website includes a very helpful insight into what it's like to live with Asperger's.
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