By MARGARITA TARTAKOVSKY, M.S.
The discovery of Asperger Syndrome (AS) dates back to 1944. Austrian pediatrician Hans Asperger described the syndrome when he was treating four boys with similar symptoms. But his writings remained relatively unknown until 1981. At that time, English doctor Lorna Wing published case studies with children who displayed the same signs.
Still, it wasn’t until 1992 that AS became an official diagnosis in theInternational Classification of Diseases (ICD-10). Two years later, it became an official diagnosis in theDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).
Asperger Syndrome is a developmental disorder. People with AS don’t have cognitive or language deficits. (If they do, they’re diagnosed with autism.) But they do have a difficult time interacting, communicating and connecting with others. They’re unable to pick up on social cues and express their emotions.
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