Asperger’s was characterised as a distinct autism spectrum disorder. In May 2013 the diagnosis was combined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders into one condition called Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD for short.
People with Asperger’s often have an above average or normal intelligence but may have difficulty with social interactions and often have special interests in certain topics.
The personality and cognitive traits are often seen as beneficial and people who have Asperger’s have said tat they feel it has benefitted them in their professional carers. These characteristics include
- An original way of thinking
- Ability to focus on detail
- Preservation of specific interest without being swayed by others opinions
- Recognition of patterns
- Ability to work independently