Asperger’s Syndrome, viewed as a separate condition before, is now part of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This change came about in 2013 when the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) changed its classification.
Medical professionals classify this condition as a high-functioning type of ASD. The symptoms of Asperger’s are less severe than other conditions on the ASD. DSM-5 also includes a new condition, known as social pragmatic communication disorder.
Few symptoms of the pragmatic communication disorder overlap the symptoms of Asperger’s. Medical professionals diagnose a person with Asperger’s if they have face problems with writing and talking, but have normal intelligence.
Asperger’s Syndrome involves:
The strengths of Asperger’s Syndrome include:
The challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome include:
The following are symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome:
Medical professionals diagnose Asperger’s Syndrome by performing a multi-disciplinary diagnostic team, which includes a speech and language therapist, psychiatrist, pediatrician, and/or psychologist. Since Asperger’s Syndrome varies from person to person, it is difficult to reach a diagnosis. Therefore, medical professionals tend to diagnose children with Asperger’s Syndrome later with some getting diagnosed with it when they are an adult.