The Asperger Syndrome is a relatively milder variety of autism that affects people in various ways than regular type of autism. Many persons with Asperger Syndrome sometimes live through life undiagnosed. Because it generally does not affect person's language ability, it can go unnoticed unless someone living closely with the person notices the disorder. This is the one form of autism that develops later in life and is usually a disorder that is overlooked at an early age. Asperger Syndrome, all the same, can be a very challenging condition to have -- both for the patient and his or her family; so, as soon as you develop a suspicion that you or your child may be showing communication and social behavior problems, consult your family doctor right away.
There are a number of famous and successful persons who were diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. Historians even postulated that Mozart and Einstein were afflicted with this disorder. It is essential to know that no form of autism is considered a form of mental retardation. As a matter of fact, the almost all of those with Asperger Syndrome are very intelligent. Asperger Syndrome does not dictate mental capacity, but instead, makes it difficult for persons to communicate in social settings, practically in the same way a typical autistic child has difficulty with controlling behavior in a group setting. When this disorder remains undiagnosed, children do not get the assistance they need, which leads to problems in social circles and in school such as bullying. Nearly all children feel relieved to be made aware that they have Asperger Syndrome rather than just thinking they are a lesser kind of a person. Through proper diagnosis, not only will you or your child identify the problems, but it is also possible to get the needed treated in order to improve the overall situation.
Some of the symptoms to be aware of if you suspect Asperger Syndrome are roughly the same symptoms experienced by people with full-blown autism. The first and foremost sympton to watch out for is social confusion. A lot of people with Asperger Syndrome experience difficulty dealing with transitions or changes, strongly preferring everything to remain the same. A sudden change of environment is very confusing for them. People with Asperger Syndrome may also say seemingly rude or inappropriate things even when they don't intend to do so, and may not be capable of understanding others' thought processes. Another similar trait they share with autistic persons is fixation; but people with Asperger Syndrome generally have greater control over their fixations, which may take the form of extremely focused interests. If you suspect that a member of the family or your self have this disorder, these are just some of the signs you should be observing. A doctor or a medical practitioner specializing in developmental behavioral should be able to answer more detailed questions and provide both information and treatment for this specific disorder.