May 05, · An adult with Asperger’s may have difficulty with verbal and nonverbal communication. In , the American Psychiatric Association classified Asperger’s syndrome under the umbrella of autism Author: Jayne Leonard. May 29, · Aspergers in Adults Asperger’s syndrome was one of several subtypes of autism that a mental health professional could use to diagnose an individual. The subtypes used to be separate diagnoses until the update to the DSM-5 diagnostic manual. Now, the subtypes are folded into one diagnosis known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Older adults with Asperger Syndrome grew up before the diagnosis existed in the United States; it first appeared in the DSM-IV in The diagnosis may not have existed, but the adults did—and they needed to find ways to survive. The adults that we meet at AANE are survivors.