Meaning: a disorder on the autism spectrum. A person with Asperger syndrome typically has difficulty interacting socially and exhibits repetitive behaviours.
- Ella's parents wondered if she had Asperger syndrome because, while other children played together, Ella preferred to play alone with twenty plastic hippos.
- Children with Asperger syndrome typically lack nonverbal communication skills such as empathy.
Origin: Hans Asperger (1906-1980) was an Austrian pediatrician who studied mental disorders in children. He was interested in children who had difficulty with social skills.
Which describes a typical child with Asperger syndrome?
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Contributor: Tara Benwell