Asperger’s syndrome also includes characteristics and spectrums much like autism and is classified as a autism spectrum disorder because it encompasses many of the same developmental disorders as other forms of autism but they become prevalent in intervals and may range in severity. Because those with Asperger’s tend to be higher functioning especially in the early years, they are often diagnosed much later than those with other types of autism. Usually the characteristics of this disorder are diagnosed after the age of 3 but more likely between the ages of 5 and 8 years of age.
Although these individuals will usually struggle with communication and within social situations, they often can function fairly well on their own, though their development and maturity comes much later in life and typically they remain socially and emotionally less mature than normal developed individuals.
They can relate to others and usually do better with adults than children, but much like other kinds of autism, they lack sympathy and empathy for others and can seem peculiar or odd when trying to engage with others.
Their interests usually aren’t varied and they often display some of the repetitive behaviors found in other forms of autism, but to a lesser degree most likely. External sounds, touching and light can also be problematic for this type of autism and it is common for those with Asperger’s to become irritable or annoyed if things get too loud or their senses are over-stimulated.