Asperger’s Syndrome is a developmental disorder that falls within the autism spectrum. An Austrian pediatrician named Hans Asperger noticed that some children in his medical practice had communication problems. Though these children had normal intelligence, their nonverbal communication skills and ability to empathize with others was abnormally low. Some symptoms include clumsy or uncoordinated movements, repetitive rituals or routines, a strong need for structure, unusual speech patterns -- speaking in a monotone or in an overly formal manner, taking figures of speech literally -- inability to understand nonverbal communication, limited facial expressions or a stiff gaze, socially/emotionally inappropriate behavior and the inability to interact well with others. Learn more about Asperger’s syndrome by reading these Bright Hub guides.
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