Asperger Syndrome is a form of autism. The Autism Society of Canada describes Asperger’s as a neurobiological disorder that results in mild to severe impairments in social interaction and understanding. While language and cognitive development is not delayed, there may be deficits in communication and some restricted and repetitive activities and interests. The disorder is named for Hans Asperger, a pediatrician from Vienna, who first wrote about this cluster of characteristics as early as 1944.

The Autism Society of Canada suggests 5 in 10,000 Canadians have Asperger Syndrome. Autism is the most common neurological disorder affecting children and one of the most common developmental disabilities affecting Canadians. Autism Spectrum Disorders change the way the brain processes information and can affect all aspects of a person's development. Autism is four times more common in boys than girls.

Organizations that support people living with Autism Spectrum Disorders caution each individual is unique - no one person with autism responds or behaves exactly like another with the same diagnosis. For more information on Asperger Syndrome and other Autism Spectrum Disorders visit the Autism Society of Canada at

For a list of common traits click here for a downloadable PDF