Asperger Syndrome (cont.)
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Asperger's Syndrome Prognosis
Individuals with Asperger's syndrome have a higher level of functioning and a better outlook than those with other forms of autism spectrum disorders. Although their underlying social impairments are believed to be lifelong, some improvement in functioning often occurs through maturational processes.
Individuals with Asperger's syndrome have an increased risk of mood disorders such as depression or anxiety.
Those with supportive families who are knowledgeable about the condition tend to have a better prognosis.
Many experts stress the particular gifts and positive aspects of Asperger's syndrome and consider it to represent an alternative, but not necessarily defective, way of thinking. Positive characteristics of people with Asperger's syndrome are undoubtedly of benefit in many professions and include the increased ability to focus on details and concentrate for long periods; the capacity to persevere in specific interests without being swayed by others' opinions; the ability to work independently; the recognition of patterns that may be missed by others; a unique level of intensity; and an original way of thinking. Individuals with special skills, abilities, or interests relevant to paid employment typically have a more positive outcome. Parents and teachers of individuals with Asperger's syndrome should creatively help them to uncover talents and skills.
Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/24/2015
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Asperger disorder is a form of pervasive developmental disorder characterized by persistent impairment in social interactions, repetitive behavior patterns, and restricted interests.