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Asperger syndrome


* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
  • Asperger disorder
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Asperger syndrome is a developmental disorder and falls within the autism spectrum disorders. However, unlike children with autism, children with Asperger syndrome retain their early language skills. Signs and symptoms of Asperger syndrome may include obsessive interest in a particular topic or object, formal or advanced speech patterns, repetitive routines, peculiarities in speech and language, socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior, difficulty interacting with peers, difficulties with non-verbal communication, and often a history of delays in motor skills such as pedaling a bike, catching a ball, or climbing.[1]
Last updated: 11/11/2009


  1. Aspergers syndrome information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 2009; Accessed 11/10/2009.
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