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Asperger syndrome

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Introduction
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a condition that affects social interaction, communication, interests and behaviour. It includes Asperger syndrome and childhood autism.
Symptoms of autism spectrum disorder
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can cause a wide range of symptoms, and there are many different ways those symptoms can be grouped.
Causes of autism spectrum disorder
The exact causes of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are unknown, although it is thought that several complex genetic and environmental factors are involved.
Diagnosing autism spectrum disorder
In most cases, parents notice the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) when their child is around two or three years old.
Treating autism spectrum disorder
There is currently no 'cure' for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, a range of education and behavioural programmes can be effective.
Adults living with autism
Some people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) grow up without their condition being recognised, sometimes through choice.
'Other people may just perceive me as being odd'
Robyn Steward was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, when she was a teenager. She describes how it affects her physically and socially.
'Living with Daniel has become a lot easier since he began cycling'
Daniel Weston, who has autism, experienced a transformation since taking up tandem cycling with his dad, Pat.
'I'm proud of my achievements'
Sarah Ridout lives in Exeter. At the age of 23, she was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a condition on the autistic spectrum.
'Receiving the diagnosis felt like the last piece of the jigsaw'
Aly Gynn was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a disorder on the autistic spectrum, at the age of 45, although he had suspected for some time that he had the condition.
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