Definition of Asperger's syndrome in English:

Asperger's syndrome

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(also Asperger syndrome)
  • A condition forming part of the autistic spectrum, characterized chiefly by repetitive patterns of behavior, preoccupation with restricted interests, and difficulties with social interaction, without intellectual impairment or significant problems with verbal communication.

    ‘We reviewed them for evidence of the spectrum of autistic disorders, including Asperger's syndrome.’
    • ‘The definition of autism changed in 1994 to include milder forms of the disorder, such as Asperger's syndrome, in which children lack social skills but are often highly verbal.’
    • ‘The affliction has also been likened to Asperger's syndrome, a mild variant of autism.’
    • ‘However, Tourette's syndrome and affective disorders more commonly co-occur with Asperger's syndrome than with autism, he adds.’
    • ‘Much controversy exists regarding the definition of Asperger's syndrome or disorder, both in clinical practice and in research studies.’
    • ‘They may have a nonverbal learning disability, Asperger's syndrome, high-functioning autism, mild retardation or traumatic brain damage.’
    • ‘People with Asperger's syndrome can be greatly helped by special training in social skills.’
    • ‘In autism children are withdrawn, whereas in Asperger's syndrome they desire social contact but cannot negotiate rules.’
    • ‘The non-profit centre, which began functioning with just a handful of children, works for those with autism, Asperger's syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and learning difficulties.’
    • ‘As the mother of a child with Asperger's syndrome - an autistic spectrum disorder - Ms Dawson felt compelled to study the case.’
    • ‘The best-known types of autism are ‘typical autism’ and Asperger's syndrome.’
    • ‘In previous surveys, mild diagnoses such as Asperger's syndrome were likely excluded.’
    • ‘The professor has been making attempts to understand the causes and research potential treatments for autism and related disorders such as Asperger's syndrome.’
    • ‘Christopher Boone lives in Swindon and has Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism: he is brilliant at maths but not good at people.’
    • ‘Today, doctors group Asperger's syndrome with four other conditions - including autism - that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders.’
    • ‘By now, I was convinced that Hayley had an undiagnosed, albeit mild, form of Asperger's syndrome.’
    • ‘Still another client, diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and mental retardation, has used countless methods of photo-therapy to create images of her family system.’
    • ‘Someone with autism and Asperger's syndrome will take at face value what is said to them.’
    • ‘Christopher is thought to have Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism, although this is never made fully clear.’
    • ‘It struck me how tense and exhausting everyday life is for someone with Asperger's syndrome: the world can be hard enough to cope with for those of us with ‘normal’ skills - for someone like Patrick everything has to be learned by rote.’


Asperger's syndrome

/ˈaspərɡərz ˌsindrōm/ /ˈæspərɡərz ˌsɪndroʊm/


Named after Hans Asperger (1906–80), the Austrian psychiatrist who described the condition in 1944.