In a 1944 paper published in Vienna, Dr. Hans Asperger first described the neurological disorder that bears his name, but it wasn't officially recognized as a psychiatric diagnosis until 1994. Asperger's syndrome is at the high functioning end of the autism spectrum and is four times more likely to affect males than females. People with Asperger's are verbal and as intelligent or more intelligent than average, but often seem odd or eccentric. They have trouble reading nonverbal cues and forming ageappropriate relationships. They may be overly sensitive to sound, light, smells, or touch. They could have trouble setting priorities because of trouble determining what's important, and they have trouble with transitions. They may develop an intense interest in one particular area.
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