History of Asperger’s Syndrome

Through December 2016, I will be writing several comprehensive posts about my experiences with Asperger’s Syndrome that will be shared with my college course blog. Access to this blog is only available to my Washburn University students and professor.

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As I had mentioned in one of my earlier posts that in the 1980’s Asperger’s Syndrome was just becoming a “trending topic” if you consider that as seen on Twitter and Facebook today.

Hans Asperger, 74 was an Austrian psychiatrist and pediatrician who formulated research in 1944 that reported a fraction of the children studied in his practice had difficulty interacting socially.  He noted that they also lacked nonverbal communication skills.

Moving forward in time, English psychiatrist, Lorna Wing gave Hans Asperser recognition as Asperger’s Syndrome in the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1980.  Another future edition was published (III-R) that labeled Asperger’s Syndrome as ASD.

While in the medical community, psychologists to pediatrics and psychiatrists knew Asperger’s Syndrome today is more considered autism.  This is, unfortunately, genuine and upsetting with the fifth edition of the DSM where Asperger’s Syndrome or ASD is now enveloped with autism and ASD (in the today standard is for autism spectrum disorder).  Even though as a 1980’s child, I will consider ASD to Asperger’s Syndrome.

Until ASD became the trending medical topic for diagnosing children during the 1980’s pervasive developmental disorders was what those who could have had autism or ASD were diagnosed with.  In fact, the first surgeon who looked at me a few days after birth considered me to have PDD.

In my two posts next week, I will share the symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome and what the world does for Asperger’s Syndrome and autism in the month of April each year.