Definition of Asperger's syndrome in English:

Asperger's syndrome

(also Asperger syndrome)

Pronunciation: /ˈaspəːdʒəz ˌsɪndrəʊm//ˈaspəːɡəz ˌsɪndrəʊm/

noun

  • [mass noun] A developmental disorder related to autism and characterized by awkwardness in social interaction, pedantry in speech, and preoccupation with very narrow interests.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We reviewed them for evidence of the spectrum of autistic disorders, including Asperger's syndrome.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People with Asperger's syndrome can be greatly helped by special training in social skills.’
    • ‘The professor has been making attempts to understand the causes and research potential treatments for autism and related disorders such as Asperger's syndrome.’
    • ‘The affliction has also been likened to Asperger's syndrome, a mild variant of autism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In previous surveys, mild diagnoses such as Asperger's syndrome were likely excluded.’
    • ‘Much controversy exists regarding the definition of Asperger's syndrome or disorder, both in clinical practice and in research studies.’
    • ‘The best-known types of autism are ‘typical autism’ and Asperger's syndrome.’
    • ‘In autism children are withdrawn, whereas in Asperger's syndrome they desire social contact but cannot negotiate rules.’
    • ‘As the mother of a child with Asperger's syndrome - an autistic spectrum disorder - Ms Dawson felt compelled to study the case.’
    • ‘Today, doctors group Asperger's syndrome with four other conditions - including autism - that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders.’
    • ‘Someone with autism and Asperger's syndrome will take at face value what is said to them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Christopher is thought to have Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, although this is never made fully clear.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They may have a nonverbal learning disability, Asperger's syndrome, high-functioning autism, mild retardation or traumatic brain damage.’

Origin

Named after Hans Asperger (1906–80), the Austrian psychiatrist who described the condition in 1944.

Pronunciation:

Asperger's syndrome

/ˈaspəːdʒəz ˌsɪndrəʊm//ˈaspəːɡəz ˌsɪndrəʊm/