Asperger's Syndrome

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An Introduction to Asperger's Syndrome

Asperger's vs Autism

Asperger's syndrome is a genetic which exists as part of the autistic spectrum. These days, the word has been mostly "dropped" in favour of the more embracing term "autism". I tend to use the words interchangeably at times but the main difference between autism and Asperger's used to be that there was no speech delay in children with Asperger's. It's not a terribly useful distinction because children who grew out of their speech delays could essentially have their diagnosis "upgraded".

The word Asperger's also fell from favour in 2018 when it was revealed that Dr Hans Asperger had ties to the Nazi eugenics program. I feel that this is a little sensationalist. He wasn't actually a member of the Nazi party, though there was a paper which vouched for his loyalty. I don't think that anyone can truly understand what it must have been like to have lived in those times (and places) without having lived there. There are plenty of other people in history, who are still revered and who supported eugenics in that day and age -- without being under threat ; H. G. Wells for example.

At this point, the word Asperger's is still a handy way to refer to a subset of individuals on the autism spectrum with abilities which set them apart. When I hear the word, I'm inclined to the think of the individuals who have it rather than the man who documented it.

My Life with Aspergers

In 2004, I found out that my eldest son had Asperger's syndrome. Shortly afterwards I found out that I had it too.

Since then, I've spent a lot of time reading about it, talking to others and blogging my experience. I feel that I've become something of an expert in the field.

Here are a few of my resources;

Asperger's Information on this Site

  • Diagnostic Criteria: This is provided to enable you to understand the diagnostic criteria, processes and benefits. I've also got some discussion of self-diagnostic tools here.
  • Life-with-Asperger's: About the Blog and links to series articles on there, aimed at people in various age groups.
  • Articles Elsewhere: Articles that have been published elsewhere and/or have been written for others.
  • Links for Asperger's: Links to useful sites