Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 21, Issue 3, pp 341–348

Brief report: Biological factors associated with asperger syndrome

  • Geoff Rickarby
  • Anne Carruthers
  • Margery Mitchell
Brief Reports

DOI: 10.1007/BF02207330

Cite this article as:
Rickarby, G., Carruthers, A. & Mitchell, M. J Autism Dev Disord (1991) 21: 341. doi:10.1007/BF02207330


These families have a developing boy with a severe handicap in social relationships and adapting to educational systems, despite intelligence measured in the average range. Most of their families, aided by strong commitment, perseverance, and the will and wit to help their child adapt, achieve remarkable results in bringing up these children. We have seen their parents criticized, their persecution at the hands of schoolchildren, the application of simple remedies by educators on small acquaintance, and their humiliations and rejections from the misunderstanding of their disability. Public knowledge of the syndrome with a realistic image will be highly beneficial to the children and their families.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoff Rickarby
    • 1
  • Anne Carruthers
    • 3
  • Margery Mitchell
    • 4
  1. 1.Gosford and District HospitalGosfordAustralia
  2. 2.Warner's BayAustralia
  3. 3.University of NewcastleAustralia
  4. 4.Developmental Disabilities Unit, Department of HealthHunter RegionNew South WalesAustralia