Definition

Asperger syndrome is often considered a high functioning form of autism. It can lead to difficulty interacting socially, repeat behaviors, and clumsiness.

Asperger syndrome is a part of the larger developmental disorder category of autism spectrum disorder.

References

American Psychiatric Association. Autism spectrum disorder. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 5th ed. Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing; 2013:50-59.

Marcdante KJ, Kliegman RM. Autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. In: Marcdante KJ, Kliegman RM, eds. Nelson Essentials of Pediatrics. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2019:chap 20.

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