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It is a weaker form of autism. Many people don’t know the Asperger’s syndrome but they know the more pronounced early childhood autism. Between these two forms of autism, is a smooth transition. The two forms mentioned above were described at almost the same time, but while early childhood autism gradually became better known, knowledge about Asperger's syndrome disappeared from the scene. The knowledge reappeared, and the Asperger’s syndrome gets its place in ICD-10 but it stays less pronounced.
As we know from the other forms of autism, boys have Asperger’s syndrome more often than girls do. That doesn’t mean girls can’t have autism.
The behaviour of people with Asperger’s syndrome can seem normal if they are among themselves. However, there are situations in which you can’t see from the outside if it is a group of people which belong together or not. If you are part of the group and have Asperger’s you know that both forms of being together are ok and feel right.
The fear that people with Asperger’s sitting together, will not talk or that they will quarrel all the time if there isn’t someone who conducts the conversation, cannot be confirmed. Often the interaction between people with autism is easier if there isn’t anybody who thinks that a blunt statement is abusive, impolite, or sometimes questionable.
Often autistic people can speak more freely when there isn’t a non-autistic person in the group, who thinks that some statements are impolite, offensive, and sometimes dubious.
Asperger's syndrome ranges in severity from almost "normal" to severe early childhood autism. A person with Asperger’s Syndrome knows her/his own diagnosis often late for example in the adulthood or she/he don’t know it all through her/his life. This can have two reasons. Nobody sees that the person has the Asperger’s Syndrome, or the person do not want to know it. During the childhood, you can make the diagnosis more easily because the children can’t control their behaviour. For adults, there are very few possibilities for making the diagnosis and it’s more difficult.
When we talk about help for autistic people, it’s often the same problem. For children, there are some possibilities to get help but for adults it’s very hard to get help. However, it is the same struggle for both children and adults: to get the diagnosis or help you need to stand up and do something and often you have to fight. It is very helpful to know where the helping structures are and how you can get help from them.
In addition, when you have energy left after that, you can get to know different programmes that should help and try them – it could be helpful to use them. There are no really suitable aids for people with slightly pronounced autism. It is always a combination of different aids that ultimately bring one further. And often therapists and doctors do not have to be well versed in autism but must be willing to deal openly with the subject and as it is always, the chemistry must be right.