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Asperger syndrome is one of a spectrum of neurologic conditions in which the major component seems to be disordered verbal and nonverbal communication with other people.
Children with this disorder have an impairment in the development of social interactions. They often exhibit repetitive behaviors and somewhat obsessional interests. They do not have the degree of language impairment that characterizes autism. These children appear to others to be more peculiar or eccentric. Prevalence is estimated to be approximately 3/1,000 children, which makes it about 10 times more common than autism. Some authorities believe Asperger syndrome may represent a higher functioning form of autism, although not all neurologists agree.