Asperger syndrome is a form of autism – a condition which affects how people make sense of the world, and interact with other people.
People with Asperger syndrome tend to have particular difficulty in communicating and interacting socially.
People with Asperger syndrome tend to have particular difficulty in communicating and interacting socially
They can also have problems understanding or interpreting other people’s thoughts, feelings and actions.
For instance, they have trouble picking up subtle meanings contained in facial expressions and body language.
They tend to like routines, and can sometimes develop obsessive interests.
However, they are often of above average intelligence, and do not have the learning difficulties associated with autism.
It is thought a combination of genetic and environmental factors cause Asperger syndrome, which together impact on brain development.
There is no cure for the condition, but therapy can provide significant help.
Susan Boyle has revealed she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome.
The Scottish singer, who shot to fame after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009, had spent years believing she suffered slight brain damage at birth.
Susan Boyle, 52, told The Observer of her relief at finally getting a “clearer understanding” of her condition.
She added: “It will not make any difference to my life.”
Susan Boyle shot to fame after appearing on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009
Asperger’s is a form of autism which typically means people with the condition struggle with their emotions and have difficulty in social situations, often unable to pick up on non-verbal cues.
Susan Boyle revealed she was misdiagnosed after complications at birth.
She said: “It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid.
“I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.”
Susan Boyle has gone on to become one of the best-selling British female artists and recently had a cameo role in the festive film The Christmas Candle.