What is Asperger syndrome?
Asperger syndrome is not a learning disability, but is on the autistic spectrum.This can be confusing as a lot of people with autism may also have a learning disability, which will affect the level of support they need in their life.
Autistic SpectrumAsperger's syndrome is a form of autism which may also affect the way a person communicates and relates to other people.
Everyone with autism will share certain characteristics, however it also affects everyone differently. Autism is a spectrum with Asperger syndrome fitting on to that spectrum.
Often socialising can be difficult as people with Asperger syndrome often have trouble reading or understanding facial expressions. It can often also be difficult to understand other people’s feelings and to show emotion.
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Asperger syndrome can vary a lot from person to person. This can make a getting a diagnosis difficult. It is usually diagnosed in childhood, however sometimes some aspects may not be recognised until adulthood.
As with learning disability, with the right sort of support, people with Asperger syndrome can be supported to live full, rewarding lives.
Aspergers and learning disability
People with Asperger's syndrome will not have a learning disability. They will have an average or above average intelligence, where as a learning disability is defined as a reduced intellectual ability and difficulty with everyday activities.