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Asperger’s Syndrome: From Asperger to Modern Day 

Asperger’s Syndrome: From Asperger to Modern Day

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Asperger’s Syndrome: From Asperger to Modern Day
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Ami Klin

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780195371826.003.0004
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date: 29 March 2017

Asperger's syndrome (AS) is one of the pervasive developmental disorders—a group of neurodevelopmental conditions of early onset characterized by impairments in social interaction and communication, and by restricted interest and behaviors. This chapter provides an overview of the historical and research background of AS leading to current debates; the changing nature of this discussion given the transformative changes in autism research in general in the past decade; the unchanging nature of these individuals' needs whether or not the term survives new updates in psychiatric classification; and suggestions for a future more likely to clarify old questions while raising new and more scientifically helpful ones. To anchor this discussion in clinical realities, an overview of clinical features, treatment, and support services is also provided.

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