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[mass noun] A developmental disorder related to autism and characterized by awkwardness in social interaction, pedantry in speech, and preoccupation with very narrow interests.
- ‘Still another client, diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and mental retardation, has used countless methods of photo-therapy to create images of her family system.’
- ‘They may have a nonverbal learning disability, Asperger's syndrome, high-functioning autism, mild retardation or traumatic brain damage.’
- ‘The non-profit centre, which began functioning with just a handful of children, works for those with autism, Asperger's syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning difficulties.’
- ‘Much controversy exists regarding the definition of Asperger's syndrome or disorder, both in clinical practice and in research studies.’
- ‘Someone with autism and Asperger's syndrome will take at face value what is said to them.’
- ‘The professor has been making attempts to understand the causes and research potential treatments for autism and related disorders such as Asperger's syndrome.’
- ‘Today, doctors group Asperger's syndrome with four other conditions - including autism - that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders.’
- ‘As the mother of a child with Asperger's syndrome - an autistic spectrum disorder - Ms Dawson felt compelled to study the case.’
- ‘People with Asperger's syndrome can be greatly helped by special training in social skills.’
- ‘The affliction has also been likened to Asperger's syndrome, a mild variant of autism.’
- ‘In autism children are withdrawn, whereas in Asperger's syndrome they desire social contact but cannot negotiate rules.’
- ‘However, Tourette's syndrome and affective disorders more commonly co-occur with Asperger's syndrome than with autism, he adds.’
- ‘By now, I was convinced that Hayley had an undiagnosed, albeit mild, form of Asperger's syndrome.’
- ‘In previous surveys, mild diagnoses such as Asperger's syndrome were likely excluded.’
- ‘Christopher Boone lives in Swindon and has Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism: he is brilliant at maths but not good at people.’
- ‘Christopher is thought to have Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, although this is never made fully clear.’
- ‘We reviewed them for evidence of the spectrum of autistic disorders, including Asperger's syndrome.’
- ‘The definition of autism changed in 1994 to include milder forms of the disorder, such as Asperger's syndrome, in which children lack social skills but are often highly verbal.’
- ‘The best-known types of autism are ‘typical autism’ and Asperger's syndrome.’
- ‘It struck me how tense and exhausting everyday life is for someone with Asperger's syndrome: the world can be hard enough to cope with for those of us with ‘normal’ skills - for someone like Patrick everything has to be learned by rote.’
Named after Hans Asperger (1906–80), the Austrian psychiatrist who described the condition in 1944.
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