What is an Asperger's View of Therapy

Psychiatry, Psychosomatics & Psychotherapy

What is Asperger's Syndrome?

Asperger's syndrome and early childhood autism differ essentially in their development. The communication and language skills of children with Asperger's syndrome are - in contrast to patients with early childhood autism - normal in the first three years of life. The first steps to become independent and the curiosity about their surroundings are there. Motor development is sometimes delayed.

This form of autism therefore usually only becomes apparent in preschool or school age. Although the children are often of average intelligence, they often have difficulties in kindergarten and school. They show impaired social interaction and stereotypical behavior patterns - but in many cases less pronounced than in early childhood autism. As a rule, these abnormalities become apparent when playing together with children of the same age, in which children with Asperger's Syndrome are either not interested or want to play according to their own rules, so that there are often arguments.

In certain areas of knowledge, which clearly dominate general knowledge, people with Asperger's syndrome can often show astonishing abilities, knowledge and memory skills (island talent).

Technical support: Prof. Dr. med. Dipl. Theol. Christine M. Freitag, Frankfurt (DGKJP)