Asperger’s Syndrome

Disability/Illness Description:

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.

Associations/Groups:

Asperger’s Autism Network (AANE) (formerly Asperger’s Association of New England)
51 Water Street, Suite 206
Watertown, MA 02472
617-393-3824
Email: Info@aane.org
Listing of community social groups

Autism Society of America (ASA)
4340 East West Highway
Suite 350
Bethesda, MD 20814
800-328-8476
Email: info@autism-society.org

Autism Society of America – Massachusetts Chapter
c/o Autism Services Association
47 Walnut Street
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
781-237-0272 ext 17
781-237-5020 (Fax)
Email: asamasschapter@hotmail.com

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
508-563-5767

Autism Support Centers

The Autism Support Center (ASC)
6 Southside Road
Danvers, MA 01923
978-777-9135
800-728-8476 (MA only)

Autism Connections/Pathlight
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
413-529-2428

Autism Alliance of Metrowest
1881 Worcester Road
Suite 101A
Framingham, MA 01701
508-652-9900
Email: autismalliance@advocates.org

Autism Resource Center
71 Sterling Street
West Boylston, MA 01583
508-835-4278
Email: autism@hmea.org

Community Autism Resources (CAR)
33 James Reynolds Road, Unit C
Swansea, MA 02777
508-379-0371 x14
800-588-9239

Family Autism Center
c/o The Arc of South Norfolk
789 Clapboardtree Street
Westwood, MA 02090
Email: info@arcsouthnorfolk.org

TILL ‘s Autism Support Center
20 Eastbrook Road
Suite 201
Dedham, MA 02026-2056
781-302-4835
Email: info@tillinc.orgl

Other Information:

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
Tel: 219-662-1311
Fax: 219-662-1315
Email: info@aspergersyndrome.org

 

Fact Sheet last updated on: 8/30/2016