Why Is It Called “Asperger’s Syndrome”?

Asperger’s Syndrome was named after an Austrian psychiatrist and pediatrician, Dr. Hans Asperger, who first reported symptoms of the disorder in 1944. Dr. Asperger noted that while intelligence of children with this condition was normal, many failed to develop important communication and social skills, and often exhibited physical awkwardness. Dr. Asperger initially described the condition as “autistic psychopathy,” and noted that the most profound symptom was “social isolation”.

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