It’s heartbreaking for parents to discover that their child’s development isn’t on par with other children his or her age. Asperger’s Syndrome, which primarily impacts social and communication skills, fits into a category of delayed development formerly known as “pervasive developmental disorders”.
Up until 2013, Asperger’s Syndrome was diagnosed as a distinct disorder. However, since the publication of the latest edition of the diagnostic manual used by mental health professionals, the DSM-5, individuals with symptoms of Asperger’s are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.
Asperger’s Syndrome (AS for short) is generally considered the mildest and highest functioning type of autism. Since early intervention is crucial, it’s important to be able to identify the warning signs and know what steps to take if you believe your teen has Asperger’s Syndrome. This brief guide is designed to help you do just that.