While sharing many of the same characteristics as other Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD’s) including Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA), AS has been recognized as a distinct medical diagnosis in Europe for almost 60 years, but has only been included in the U. medical diagnostic manual since 1994 (“Asperger Disorder” in the DSM-IV).
Individuals with AS and related disorders exhibit serious deficiencies in social and communication skills.
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Asperger syndrome is thought to manifest as a developmental disorder, and is not considered a mental illness.
The school was bombed towards the end of the war, Sister Victorine was killed, the school was destroyed and much of Hans Asperger's early work was lost.
It was this event that arguably delayed the understanding of autism spectrum conditions in the west.
Like Autism, Asperger Syndrome was almost certainly around a very long time before any publications were made describing it or before it was given any official title or name.
In 1926, Eva Sucharewa, a Russian neurological scientific assistant, wrote a paper referring to the "Schizoid Personality of Childhood", giving was an account of 6 boys and their behavioural habits and very strongly resembled the findings from Hans Asperger.
Because of their naivete, those with AS are often viewed by their peers as “odd” and are frequently a target for bullying and teasing.