Asperger’s Syndrome is one of two syndromes (autism is the other) that are part of the Pervasive Developmental Disorder category. It is a comparatively less severe type of autism in which cognitive development and language acquisition are not delayed. Like full-blown autism, Asperger’s is characterized by limited repetitive behaviors and trouble with social interaction.
Asperger’s sufferers are usually socially isolated and demonstrate slightly eccentric behavior during their childhood years. They are very fixated on certain areas of interest and that often makes it difficult to find free space for more “normal” interests that would normally develop over the years.
The child avoids social contact and dislikes being looked in the eye; he also spends untold hours lining up his toys, over and over.
This website provides a test to get an idea of whether your child may suffer from Aspergers: http://www.aspergers.com/aspcrit.htm
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 11 Aug 2010