Hans Asperger was an Austrian pediatrician who first noticed and described a condition in children who had difficulty conducting themselves socially. He called this “autistic psychopathy” in 1944. In 1981, an English doctor named Lorna Wing did a study of children with similar symptoms and referred to the disease as Asperger’s syndrome. It is also simply called Asperger’s or Asperger’s disorder. It is a developmental disorder found in children who have trouble effectively socializing with other people.
Asperger’s is one of a handful of developmental disorders that deal with social skills and communication, and is a milder variation of autistic disorder, affecting two out of every 10,000 children. Asperger’s syndrome is characterized chiefly by social isolation in children who fail to understand and empathize with others and frequently can’t make friends. Those with the illness have very limited interests, usually focusing on only one or two narrow topics to an obsessive extent. Their tendency to dominate conversations with discussion only about these topics is one of the more obvious social inconsistencies noticeable in the disease.
Asperger’s affects the child’s ability to speak with a normal comprehension, often straying in and out of topic and never reaching a point or even explaining the conversation’s base logic. The illness blocks the child’s ability to comprehend whether or not the listener is interested in the subject, and the ability to understand much humor is lost. Physical clumsiness is also common.
Causes for why Asperger’s syndrome occurs are debatable, though it is most likely a genetic disorder.
Though most children diagnosed with Asperger’s become better or are better able to adapt at adulthood, it can cause a significant amount of social and mental harm. If you or a loved one needs financial assistance because of this condition, contact disability lawyer Nick Ortiz at 850-308-7833 for information on how to apply for disability benefits.