Asperger’s syndrome was first identified in 1944 by Austrian psychiatrist Hans Asperger. Asperger’s syndrome is usually not recognized until the third year of life and often later. It is characterized by a significant impairment in the ability to have social relationships. Much of the literature says children/people with Asperger’s syndrome are socially isolated and can not modify their social behavior to the demands of the environment. Children with Asperger’s syndrome frequently do form social responses to their parents and show some interaction with peers. They may develop symbolic play, though it is often repetitive and may evolve into severe preoccupation later in life. Some children experience extreme social rejection from peers as a result of their behavior, while others are thought to be “eccentric”. Asperger’s syndrome is thought to be associated with normal IQ, and it affects more boys than girls. There is evidence that, as their language improves, these children show significant improvement in their social behavior.
Children Making Strides
Provides: early intervention services for children up to age 3, school and home-based programs for school aged children, parent and professional training through various conferences, seminars and training sessions, advocacy and parental empowerment services, referral and resource services and individualized special programs.
4 Barlow’s Landing Road, Suites 13 and 14
Pocasset, MA 02559
Autism Support Centers
The Autism Support Center (ASC)
6 Southside Road
Danvers, MA 01923
800-728-8476 (MA only)
Program: Social Skill Builders / Teaching the Language of Successful Relationships. Assists families, schools and agencies throughout Western Massachusetts.
116 Pleasant Street, Suite 366
Easthampton, MA 01027
Community Autism Resources (CAR)
33 James Reynolds Road, Unit C
Swansea, MA 02777
Asperger’s Disorder CliniciansList of clinicians that are familiar with Asperger’s Disorder and willing to evaluate children and/or adults.
MAAP Services for Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and PDD Information and Support
Provides information, advice, and networking to families of more advanced individuals affected by the autism spectrum, including autism, Asperger syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder. Publishes a quarterly newsletter.
P.O. Box 524
Crown Point, IN 46308
Fact Sheet last updated on: 8/30/2016