Author’s note: This is the fourth installment in an occasional series of reports meant to separate Asperger’s syndrome myths from facts and assist those who love and care for AS-affected individuals.
Asperger’s syndrome (AS) is a neurodevelopmental, autism spectrum disorder that affects certain areas of the brain, mainly the parts that regulate speech and communication. Although the fifth edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM-5) no longer classifies AS as distinct from other autism spectrum disorders, clinicians continue referring to children with symptoms like the ones described here as having AS, and the term AS is used throughout this report . . .