Language encompasses far more than the definitions of individual words. A spoken sentence takes on much of its meaning through nonverbal cues and the surrounding environment. Most people take for granted their ability to use and respond to language in its appropriate context and to grasp messages that aren’t explicit. Children and adults with Asperger Syndrome often possess language skills but cannot detect or employ these nuances of social interactions.
Asperger Syndrome exists under the label of Autistic Spectrum Disorders as many of the indicators are observed in both conditions. Children may be affected by few or many symptoms which can vary in severity. Based on the combination, the level of impairment exists on the autistic spectrum. Asperger Syndrome is commonly understood as a form of high-functioning autism, though the less obvious characteristics of this condition make it harder to diagnose.