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Asperger Syndrome is a relatively mild form of autism that effects people in different ways than regular autism. Since it usually doesn't affect language, many people with Asperger Syndrome go undiagnosed and it's one form of autism that isn't usually discovered at an early age, but rather a disorder that develops later in life. Asperger Syndrome, however, can be a very difficult condition to deal with, so as soon as you suspect yourself or your child of having communication and social behavior problems, you should consult with your family doctor.
Many famous and successful people have been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Historians suggest that Einstein and Mozart both suffered from this disorder. It should be noted that no form of autism is a form of mental retardation. In fact, most people with Asperger Syndrome are quite intelligent. Asperger Syndrome doesn't dictate mental ability, but rather makes it difficult for people to communicate in social settings similar to the way a typical autistic child has trouble with behavior in groups.
When this disorder goes undiagnosed, the child doesn't get the help they need, leading to problems in school such as bullying. Getting diagnosed will not only help you or your child put a name to the problems, but it's then possible to seek treatment to help improve your overall situation.
Some symptoms to watch out for if you suspect Asperger Syndrome are some of the same symptoms that people with full-blown autism experience including social confusion, first and foremost. Many people with Asperger Syndrome find it quite difficult to deal with transition or change, wanting everything to always stay the same. A quickly changing environment is especially confusing. People with Asperger Syndrome also may make rude or inappropriate comments when they don't mean to do so, and may not be able to understand others' thought processes.
Another common trait they share with autistic individuals is fixation, although people with Asperger Syndrome usually have more control over their fixations. These take the form of highly focused interests. If you suspect yourself or a loved one may have this disorder, these are just a few of the signs you should be aware of. Your doctor should be able to answer further questions and provide both reading material and treatment for this disorder.
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