Asperger Syndrome

  • Ami Klin
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      Asperger syndrome is a developmental disorder defined by marked deficits in social functioning, empathy, and reciprocity in communication, which is often accompanied by “motor clumsiness” and an absorbing interest in circumscribed topics. Although its validity apart from autism is still controversial, its use both in the clinic and in research has increased markedly in the past decade. This article presents a practical overview of the syndrome, with an emphasis on the issues involved in the work with individuals for whom Asperger syndrome is a relevant differential diagnosis.
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