Asperger’s Disorder is a syndrome that typically appears first in childhood, and is primarily characterized by a person’s difficulty in everyday social interactions with others. For instance, a person with Asperger’s may engage in long-winded, one-sided conversations without noticing or caring about the listener’s interest. They also often lack usual non verbal communication skills, such as engaging in eye contact with others they’re talking to, or failing to react and empathize with other people’s stories and conversation. This may make them seem insensitive, although that is rarely the case. They may have a hard time “reading” other people or understanding humor.
Adults, too, may have Asperger’s, as often the disorder is not properly diagnosed in childhood. Asperger’s is considered the mildest, least severe form of autism. The following five criteria primarily characterize Asperger’s Disorder.