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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger's Syndrome

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) defines autism as “a developmental disability significantly affecting verbal and non-verbal communication, and social interactions..”

Children with Asperger’s Syndrome have average or above average intelligence and may exhibit some symptoms common to Autism Spectrum Disorders such as:

  • Impairment of social interactions
  • Impaired language or communication skills
  • Repetitive behavior
  • A restricted range of interests
  • Poor motor skills

Older adolescent and adults typically go through stages of stabilization of these symptoms following treatments that focus on strengths. In college students, Asperger’s is more likely to show/continue to show:

  • Impairment of social interactions
  • Increased stress/depression/anxiety because of aspects of these interactions
  • Inability to understand or disinterest in social norms, and fads
  • Creative “out of the box” thinking skills

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