Make your own free website on

   Diagnostic criteria for 299.80 Asperger's Disorder

 A.  Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by 
           at  least  two of the following:

       (1) marked impairment in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors
            such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body posture, and
            gestures to regulate social interaction
       (2) failure  to  develop  peer  relationships  appropriate  to 
             developmental level
      (3) a Lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment interest, 
            or achievements with other people (e.g. by a lack of showing, 
            bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)
     (4) lack of social or emotional reciprocity

B.  Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, 
          and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:
(1) encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and
        restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity
       or focus
   (2) apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines
        or rituals
   (3) stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger
         flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body, movements)
   (4) persistent preoccupation with parts of objects

C.   The disturbance causes clinically significant impairment in 
        social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

D.    There is no clinically significant general delay in language
(e.g. single words used by age 2 years, communicative phrases used by 3 years)

E.    There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or 
       in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behavior 
      (other than in social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood.

F.    Criteria are not met for another specific 
       Pervasive Development Disorder or Schizophrenia.


[Disclaimer]  [Home] [Search]  
[Directions & Maps] [Newsletter Archives]
[Contact Page] [Group Information] [Our Brochure]
[Links Index] [Newsletter] [The Welcome Packet]
[Therapies Index ] [Stories Index]