Asperger’s and Autism: What’s the Difference?

Asperger’s Syndrome is, in many ways, a milder form of classic autism.


Autism is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.

Asperger’s Syndrome is a developmental disorder related to autism and characterized by awkwardness in social interaction, pedantry in speech, and preoccupation with very narrow interests.

What is Asperger?

  • Asperger syndrome affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information, and relates to other people. The condition affects people in many different ways and to varying degrees.
  • People with the condition have difficulties in three main areas: social communication, social interaction and social imagination.
  • Bright lights, loud noises, overpowering smells, particular food textures and the feeling of certain materials can be a cause of anxiety or pain for people with Asperger syndrome.
  • Often someone with Asperger’s may be obsessed with complex topics such as music, history, or the weather, and have above average verbal skills. They may lead a highly productive life, using their special interest in highly specialized fields such as academia.
  • People with Asperger syndrome may have difficulty understanding gestures, facial expressions or tone of voice, have difficulty knowing when to start or end a conversation and choosing topics to talk about, or can be very literal in what they say and can have difficulty understanding jokes, metaphor, and sarcasm.

14 Most Common Symptoms of Asperger’s

Asperger’s syndrome is a condition on the autistic spectrum and is one of the milder and ‘higher functioning’ forms of autism. Like other conditions on the spectrum, Asperger’s describes a developmental disorder that renders an individual unable to fully understand social cues and potentially to struggle with communication more broadly. READ MORE.

Asperger’s syndrome: 10 signs to identify this disorder

The Asperger syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects social functioning, communication and language, motor skills and the activities and interests of the individual who suffers, despite the fact that intelligence is normal (and even above average).

Currently Asperger’s Syndrome has been discontinued from the diagnostic criteria manual DSM-5 and this category has become encompassed within the autism spectrum disorders. However, its causes, symptoms and signs can be explained here to put in context a diagnostic label that was widely used during the last decades.

The cause of Asperger’s Syndrome seems to be dysfunction of various brain circuits, and the affected areas are the amygdala, the frontostriate and temporal circuits and the cerebellum, structures that are involved in the development of the social relationship. READ MORE.

Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome: Know the Signs

Asperger’s syndrome is part of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD). According to medical experts, it is a mild form of autism and generally manifests without extreme mental disabilities. The main outward characteristics of a person with Asperger’s syndrome are poor social skills, lacking nonverbal communication, and being clumsy. READ MORE.

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