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Aspergers syndrome

Aspergers syndrome is a form of autism, a disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to others. A number of the traits of autism are common to Aspergers syndrome including:

> Difficulty in communicating
> Difficulty in social relationships
> A lack of imagination and creative play

However, people with Asperger syndrome usually have fewer problems with language than those with autism, often speaking fluently though their words can sometimes sound formal or stilted. People with Asperger syndrome often do not have the accompanying learning disabilities often associated with autism; in fact, people with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence with many displaying a vivid imagination and great creativity with literacy and art.

Because of this, many children with Asperger syndrome enter mainstream school and with the right support and encouragement, can make good progress and go on to further education and employment.

Special interests

People with Asperger syndrome often develop an almost obsessive interest in a hobby or collection. Usually their interest involves arranging or memorising facts about a specialist subject, such as train timetables, Derby winners, or the dimensions of cathedrals


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