Asperger’s syndrome, also known as Asperger’s disorder or high functioning disorder, is one of the milder pervasive developmental disorders (PDDs) on the autism spectrum. While Asperger’s disorder is closer to “normal” than other PDDs, any symptom of Asperger’s syndrome can range in severity from one person to the next. Asperger’s symptoms affect social behavior, language, and behavior.
Symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome resemble high functioning autism, and some autism / Asperger’s specialists believe the two PDDs are actually a single condition. Others believe there are subtle differences between Asperger’s and high functioning autism.
Asperger’s Disorder and Restricted Interests
An obsession or fascination with a particular topic is a hallmark symptom of Asperger’s syndrome. Both Asperger’s children and adults develop intense interest in restricted subjects and can talk, often for hours, about their interest.