Asperger's syndrome is a similar disorder to autism and affects approximately one in every four hundred children in the UK.
Like autism, Asperger's effects a child's behaviour and social skills but to a significantly lower degree. Autistic children usually have significantly impaired intelligence whereas children with Asperger's are on the whole fairly normal.
Indeed, the mildness of Asperger's can fete cause problems in diagnosing the condition. The symptoms can be very difficult to detect and as a result many parents will be completely unaware of their child's disorder.
Children with Asperger's will often prefer their own company and choose no to mix others. They may also have a tendency to repeat tasks over and over again or develop an intense and obsessive interest in a particular subject.
As yet the cause of Asperger's in unknown, although it is believed to be to some degree hereditary Many experts believe environmental factors such as vaccines could cause the disorder but research has proved inconclusive.
There is no cure for the syndrome but psychiatric help coupled with continual support and monitoring from parents and schools can greatly reduce the effect of the condition allowing the child to live a normal, healthy life.