# a s p e r g e r
Diagnostic Criteria for Asperger Syndrome
- Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested
by at least two of the following:
- marked impairments in the use of multiple nonverbal
behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression,
body posture, and gestures to regulate social
- failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to
- a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment,
interest or achievements with other people, (e.g.. by
a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects
of interest to other people)
- lack of social or emotional reciprocity
- Restricted repetitive & stereotyped patterns of
behavior, interests and activities, as manifested by at
least one of the following:
- encompassing preoccupation with one or more
stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that
is abnormal either in intensity or focus
- apparently inflexible adherence to specific,
nonfunctional routines or rituals
- stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g.
hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex
- persistent preoccupation with parts of objects
- The disturbance causes clinically significant
impairments in social, occupational, or other important
areas of functioning.
- There is no clinically significant general delay in
language (E.G. single words used by age 2 years,
communicative phrases used by age 3 years)
- There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive
development or in the development of age-appropriate self
help skills, adaptive behavior (other than in social
interaction) and curiosity about the environment in
- Criteria are not met for another specific Pervasive
Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia."
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