Asperger’s Syndrome: Definition, Differentiation, Diagnostic Criteria,

Asperger‘s Syndrome is a neurological disorder that falls under the categories of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Assessment and treatment of Asperger‘s is difficult because of the lack of a definitive assessment tool and understanding of the etiology of the disorder. Several factors contribute to the challenges of diagnosis and treatment; the absence of a definitive assessment instrument, the prevalence of co-morbid conditions that cloud symptoms, the pervasive nature of the disorder that is responsible for the myriad ways the impairments may present, the lack of consensus among mental health professionals of what symptoms actually define Asperger‘s Syndrome, and its unique and complex impairments. The number of individuals diagnosed is growing, and further research is needed to discover the etiology and understand the disorder.

Kathleen Bischel Beddow
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