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Asperger's Syndrome or (AS) is a neurological condition marked by delay in the development of motor skills, difficulty in social interactions, strange facial expressions, misplaced gestures and fixed routines.


Asperger's Syndrome is a neurological condition characterized by delay in the motor skills development, extreme difficulty in social interactions, abnormal fixation with routines, portraying a marked tendency to perform repetitive tasks. Strange facial expressions, odd gestures and overriding clumsiness are characteristic of victims suffering this disorder.

Asperger's syndrome portrays a strong genetic link. Family history of any of the 'Pervasive Developmental Disorders' enhances the risks of this condition.

Dr Hans Asperger first described this condition in Vienna. He was intrigued by the abnormal behavior of four boys between the ages of 6 to 11. The boys demonstrated normal language development and cognitive skills despite the abnormal behavior.

Asperger's syndrome is more common in males than females. It may represent a milder form of autism and the child may possess normal intelligence, language development and cognitive skills.

Asperger's syndrome can coexist alongside other mental health conditions like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Depression, and Learning Disability.

Diagnosis of the syndrome can be done by Mental Health Experts and Speech and Language Experts in children between the ages of five and nine. A few standard screening tools are also available to look for the red flags that characterize this condtion. The earlier the diagnosis is made the better it is likely for the child to cope with different situation and succeed in overcoming the emotional shortcomings.


One must remember that each child is unique and the treatment needs to be custom made for the child depending on the environment and temperament of the child. Encouragement and support can do wonders. Sometimes watching a movie or reading a book related to the subject can be inspiring, educative and may help in creating awareness about the condition. Examples of such movies include the following –

  • Rain Man (Dustin Hoffman) - based on a autistic character.
  • Tare Zamin Par (2007 in Hindi) – Based on a Dyslexic child.
  • Mozart and the Whale" (2006) - This is a movie inspired by the lives of two people with Asperger's Syndrome.

Joining a 'Support Group' can be an enriching experience for both the child and the parents. Sharing, learning and caring can help the family and the child to come to terms with the condition and accept it; rather than fight it. You learn how to cope and avoid difficult situations.

"We each have our own way of living in the world, together we are like a symphony. Some are the melody, some are the rhythm, some are the harmony. It all blends together, we are like a symphony, and each part is crucial. We all contribute to the song of life." By - Sondra Williams

  1. 'Parenting a Child with Asperger Syndrome'- by Brenda Boyd

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Hi, is there such a thing of being "borderline" Aspergers? I do have a lot of the traits and symptoms of a person with Aspergers, but except for a few and one major one, and that is the fact that I am over emotional. To the point where I can't control them. But everything else seems to fit into my personality and my confusion to everyday situations. Cretin things that I touch hear and drive me out of my mind. I snap uncontrollably at people when cretin things are said to me, like trigger words. I sometimes go into uncontrollable rages if the wrong thing is said, I end up moving objects across the room that take four people to move. But yet I would never touch the person who triggered me, I end up feeling a large amount of my anger is more frustration. Frustration that I don't understand and why don't they understand. I have never passed a test over shear anxiety, and always seem to be at my worst in these situations. I find bliss in the repetitive. And am not quite social, the few friends I have say I'm weird, or the didn't like me when they met me. But seem to love me as I am quite honest and caring. I feel like I am odd and there is something wrong with me, and after watching the film Adam. I feel like that's me. I recently did a test online, and I know they are mostly incorrect. My score inferred that I was on the border, it came down to 2 and I'de be a candidate for Aspergers. So am I being silly or is it possible?


Is there such a thing a 'borderline aspergers syndrome'? If so what are the symptoms of this, and could it be passed on? I ask this as my husband has aspergers and he and I have baby boy. So I would like to know if our son, could have it?


I have family on the spectrum. I would love to chat with you as I am trying to contact adults with AS to talk to.


Hi Prema,
Your question is answered below;
Chris and Gisela are consultants on Asperger Syndrome [AS] to the new Fox Searchlight Pictures film "My Name is Khan".
Shibani Bathija, who wrote the screenplay for the film, along with director Karan Johar, used their book, as well as interviews with us, as the basis for the film's central character, Rizwan Khan.
Rizwan is played by the acclaimed Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan, and the leading lady is Kajol.
While on subject, I would like to add that we have been happily living with our AS son for the last 29 years. We would like to form/join a support group in India for persons with AS.


Is there a AS family/spouse support group in India. My husband was always special and was formally diagnosed with AS when he was 35yrs. I do not have AS but need support and trained counselor from time to time. Any resource?


Is My name is Khan of Shah Rukh Khan on Aspergers syndrome?

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