Compared to most mental disorders, autism is rather new. It was not until 1943 that Dr. Leo Kannerdiscovered that autism was a real disorder. In fact, up until then, those with the condition were considered to be “retarded” or “idiots.” Kanner described children with autism as being contained within themselves and self-satisfied. Incredibly, even after autism was recognized, Kanner and many experts in the psychology field blamed this disorder on the mothers, saying she was not giving the child enough attention and affection. We now know that this was all wrong and that autism is actually part of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), which includes what used to be known as Asperger’s Syndrome, high-functioning autism, and pervasive developmental disorder, among others. It has been discovered in children as young as six months old, but sometimes is not noticed until the child starts school.
There are millions throughout the world who currently have Asperger’s Syndrome. This can be a very debilitating condition and certainly one that affects the body and mind. However, for many people raising children with the condition, they find it very difficult to understand it all. It’s not hard to see why it’s such an unusual condition simply because it isn’t well talked about. This is very common but there isn’t a lot known personally. It’s only when someone close to them is affected when someone actually goes in search of more information. So, how can you understand Asperger’s?