It is important to realise that each child with autism is different from the next so the descriptions in this information sheet should only be taken as a general guide. Nevertheless, the common problems affecting social interaction, communication and imagination and the repetitive behaviour are common to all.

  • At 1 year: No babbling or pointing
  • At 16 months: No words, or words have disapeared
  • At 2 years: No phrases, or phrases has dropped


Asperger studied medicine in Vienna and became employed as a member of the University Children's Hospital in Vienna. He married in 1935 and had five children. Contemporary photographs show that he had "a frank, earnest face, glamorous in its way, with a full head of curly hair and intense spectacles".