Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s syndrome was first identified in 1944 by Austrian psychiatrist Hans Asperger. Asperger’s syndrome is usually not recognized until the third year of life and often later. It is characterized by a significant impairment in the ability to have social relationships. Much of the literature says children/people with Asperger’s syndrome are socially isolated and can not modify their social behavior to the demands of the environment. Children with Asperger’s syndrome frequently do form social responses to their parents and show some interaction with peers. They may develop symbolic play, though it is often repetitive and may evolve into severe preoccupation later in life. Some children experience extreme social rejection from peers as a result of their behavior, while others are thought to be “eccentric”. Asperger’s syndrome is thought to be associated with normal IQ, and it affects more boys than girls. There is evidence that, as their language improves, these children show significant improvement in their social behavior.


Asperger’s Autism Network (AANE) (formerly Asperger’s Association of New England)
51 Water Street, Suite 206
Watertown, MA 02472

Autism Society
6110 Executive Boulevard
Suite 305
Rockville, MD 20852
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Autism Society – Massachusetts Chapter
c/o Autism Services Association
47 Walnut Street
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481
781-237-5020 (Fax)

Children Making Strides
Provides: early intervention services for children up to age 3, school and home-based programs for school aged children, parent and professional training through various conferences, seminars and training sessions, advocacy and parental empowerment services, referral and resource services and individualized special programs.
4 Barlow’s Landing Road, Suites 13 and 14
Pocasset, MA 02559

Autism Support Centers:

The Autism Support Center (ASC)
6 Southside Road
Danvers, MA 01923
800-728-8476 (MA only)                                                                                                                                            

Autism Connections/Pathlight
Program: Social Skill Builders / Teaching the Language of Successful Relationships. Assists families, schools and agencies throughout Western Massachusetts.
116 Pleasant Street, Suite 366
Easthampton, MA 01027
Easthampton: 413-529-2428
Springfield: 413~732~0531
Greenfield: 413~774~3495
Pittsfield: 413~443~4780
Hadley: 413~585~8010

Autism Alliance of Metrowest
1881 Worcester Road
Suite 100A
Framingham, MA 01701

Autism Resource Center
712 Plantation Street
Worcester, MA 01605

Community Autism Resources (CAR)
33 James Reynolds Road, Unit C
Swansea, MA 02777

Autism Support Center
c/o Lifeworks
789 Clapboardtree Street
Westwood, MA 02090
(781) 762-4001

TILL ‘s Autism Support Center
20 Eastbrook Road
Suite 201
Dedham, MA 02026-2056

Other Information:

AANE Directory of Asperger/Autism Diagnosticians – This Directory includes professionals who conduct evaluations to determine whether or not a person meets the criteria for an Autism Spectrum diagnosis.

MAAP Services for Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and PDD Information and Support
Provides information, advice, and networking to families of more advanced individuals affected by the autism spectrum, including autism, Asperger syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder. Publishes a quarterly newsletter.
P.O. Box 524
Crown Point,  IN  46308
Phome: (219) 789-9874


Fact Sheet last updated on: 2/1/2022

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