Asperger's Syndrome Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Aspergers Syndrome Diagnosis, Asperger’s Disorder Diagnosis, Asperger Syndrome Diagnosis, Autism Diagnosis, Autistic Diagnosis, Aspergers Diagnosis, Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Asperger’s Syndrome Diagnosed?

As children growing up, people with asperger’s syndrome may be diagnosed by a variety of other disorders such as autism, ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), language disorders, etc. However as they grow older and the symptoms become more noticeable, they can be diagnosed more accurately with asperger’s syndrome if they meet the following factors. 2

  • Severe and sustained impairment in social interaction, marked by at least two (2) of the following behaviors:
    • Impairment in the use of several nonverbal behaviors such as eye-contact or eye gaze, facial expressions, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction
    • Failure to develop peer relationships at the appropriate developmental level
    • A lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests and achievements with other people
    • A lack of emotional or social reciprocity (i.e. interactions are often one-sided)
  • Development of restrictive and repetitive patterns of behavior, interests and activities, shown by at least one (1) of the following:
    • Encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricting pattern of interest, that is abnormal in intensity or focus (i.e. such as extreme interest in mathematics, batteries, etc.)
    • Inflexible devotion to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals
    • Stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms
    • Persistent preoccupation with parts of objects
  • The disturbance must cause significant impairment in normal functioning (i.e. social, occupational areas, etc.)
  • Compared to Autism, people with Asperger’s Syndrome have no significant delays or deviance in language acquisition
  • However the subtle aspects of communication (such as the typical reciprocal or give-and-take in conversations) may be affected or impaired
  • In the first three (3) years of life, there are no significant delays or deviance in cognitive development (i.e. there is normal curiosity, learning, self-help skills, adaptive behaviors, etc.)
  • The person’s symptoms or behaviors cannot be better explained by another specific pervasive developmental disorder or schizophrenia.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – developmental disorder, impulsiveness, hyperactivity, attention deficit, inattention
Childhood Disintegrative Disorder – delayed language, delayed motor skills, declined social functions, autism, pervasive developmental disorder
Pervasive Developmental Disorder NOS – developmental deficits, delayed socialization and communication skills
Rett's Disorder – impaired social interaction, language deficits, declines social skills, pervasive developmental disorder