Asperger syndrome is a sub type of autism where affected adults and children are on the high functioning end of the autistic spectrum.
There are a range of behaviours normally associated with Asperger syndrome though it is uncommon to find all behaviours in any one person and the severity will also vary.
The behaviours often exhibited will include:
- Overly formal, almost robotic speech
- A habit of talking about oneself and not showing an interest in others
- A fascination with unusual and very specific topics
- Difficulty establishing eye contact
- A lack of understanding of social cues and emotions in others
In comparison to people who have other forms of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), those affected with Asperger syndrome do not have delays or problems with speech and cognition. This often means that Asperger syndrome sufferers go unrecognised until they start at school or in the workplace.
It is at this point when social interactions became more essential and parents or sufferers start to notice the differences compared to peers.