Asperger’s Syndrome is an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Relatively uncommon compared to ADHD, it is nevertheless a serious mental condition that affects many people worldwide.
People with Asperger’s syndrome face impaired communication and motor skill development. At a young age, they may be slow to walk or ride a bike. As a child with Asperger’s Syndrome grows, he or she will have a more difficult time understanding nonliteral meanings, such as slangs or implied meanings. Children with Asperger’s Syndrome also have a difficult time understanding the rules of conversation, and may dominate conversations with their thoughts and interests without considering the other side.
Children and adults with ADHD are more aware of the other side’s interests, even if they may interrupt out of impulse. They are generally socially aware and have less trouble interacting with their peers. The hyperactive subtype of ADHD can make things a bit more difficult, however, for a child who acts out aggressively.
Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders including Asperger’s syndrome are often misdiagnosed as having ADHD. Look for a lack of inflection in a child’s voice, and severe difficulty in social situations as identifying signs of autism or Asperger’s.