Asperger syndrome

Page Updated: 16th April 2021

What is Asperger syndrome?

Autism is a spectrum condition, which means that it affects people to varying degrees and in different ways. People who are less affected by the condition are sometimes referred to as having ‘highfunctioning autism’ (HFA) or alternatively, you may hear the term ‘Asperger syndrome’ used.

People who have Asperger syndrome are mostly of average or above average intelligence, although they may have some learning difficulties.

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Local Information and Support

Making Sense of it All – our handy parent/carer guide contains information and advice on benefits, support for your child at school, getting help from social services and accessing social & leisure activities.

Ambitious About Autism – national charity for children and young people with autism.

Asperger’s Syndrome Foundation

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – your child may qualify for DLA, a state benefit that will help with their care. For further information visit .

National Autistic Society Helpline tel: 0808 800 4104.

West Sussex Local Offer and search for ‘Asperger syndrome’ and/or ‘Autism’

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