Children with Asperger's: A 21st Century Brain Trust

Ignorance about autism and Asperger's syndrome limits the possibilities for students embarking on their professional and academic careers, says BusinessWeek reader Suzanne McCain

Asperger's syndrome (AS) is characterized by social awkwardness, although many have learned to adapt so their deficits may vary. Differences may include taking things too literally, seeing rules too legalistically, having trouble understanding certain kinds of humor while finding humor in obscure details others don't follow, demonstrating brutal honesty, and not realizing when others' feelings have been hurt. Those with AS may have difficulty recognizing nonverbal cues such as facial expressions or body language and realizing when someone they are speaking to has lost interest.

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