Asperger syndrome is a form of autism, a condition that affects the way a person communicates and relates to others. A number of traits of autism are common to Asperger syndrome including:
- Difficulty in communicating
- Difficulty in social relationships
- A lack of social 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 do not usually have the accompanying learning disabilities associated with autism. In fact, people with Asperger Syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence.
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.