While most people have heard of Asperger’s syndrome, few people understand exactly what it is. Named for Hans Asperger, an Austrian doctor who first described the disorder, Asperger’s syndrome is a type of pervasive developmental disorder. Pervasive developmental disorders are a group of conditions that cause delays in the normal development of many basic skills, particularly those dealing with the ability to socialize, communicate, and use imagination.
While many people conflate Asperger’s syndrome with Autism, another type of pervasive developmental disorder, the two are actually distinct disorders. The symptoms of Asperger’s includes problems with social skills and communication difficulties, eccentric or repetitive behaviors, unusual preoccupations, limited range of interests, and lack of coordinati