What is Asperger's Syndrome? What is an ASD?

In 1944 Dr Hans Asperger (1906-1980) identified a group of high achieving children with what he suggested were key autistic traits
a lack of empathy, little ability to form friendships, one-sided conversation, intense absorption in a special interest, and clumsy movements.
Asperger later noted that these 'odd' characteristics were sometimes combined with exceptional gifts, particularly in the ability to process and analyse information. This was a radical departure from the then conventional definition of autism which was dependent on cognitive impairment or what we would now call learning difficulties.

Today the consensus is that there is continuum of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), with Asperger's Syndrome forming a distinct subgroup.

In my work as a learning skills tutor I have specialised in AS. The short presentation below is from the short course I deliver: 'An Introduction to Asperger's Syndrome'.

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