Sarah Shive


People with Asperger Syndrome display no obvious delays, but some may have problems with attention. They may also exhibit skills that seem well developed in some areas and lacking in others. Many individuals have good cognitive and verbal skills. Individuals with Asperger Syndrome show no significant delay in cognitive development (such as reading or math skills) or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, behavior, and curiosity about the environment in childhood. This contrasts with typical developmental accounts of autistic children who show marked deficits and deviance in these areas prior to age 3 (Bejamen, 2010).

Although some people with Asperger syndrome may have certain communication problems, including poor nonverbal communication and pedantic speech. Persons with Asperger syndrome have exhibited outstanding skills in mathematics, music, and computer sciences. Many are highly creative, and many prominent individuals demonstrate traits suggesting Asperger syndrome. For example, biographers have described Albert Einstein as a person with highly developed mathematical skills who was unaware of social norms and insensitive to the emotional needs of family and friends (Brasic, 2007).