Typical symptoms of Asperger's syndrome in both adults and children include monotone speech, narrowed areas of interest and an uncoordinated gait. Asperger's syndrome is a lifelong condition, and while its symptoms tend to improve over time, adults with Asperger's may continue to find social situations awkward and have difficulty with relationships, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Many adults with Asperger's work successfully in mainstream careers.
With an Asperger's syndrome diagnosis, children receive treatment that helps them to overcome their disability. Social skills training helps them to learn to interact more successfully with other children. Cognitive behavioral therapy provides help in reducing the child's emotional outbursts or fixations on certain topics. Parent training allows the parents to use behavioral techniques at home, reports the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Some children with Asperger's reach adulthood without a diagnosis. The adult might read information on the disease or learn about it from a friend or family member. Sometimes a professional working with a client recognizes Asperger's syndrome as explaining the trait the client exhibits. Using the information, the adult has the option of seeking an official diagnosis, according to the Asperger/Autism Network.
For some adults, the official Asperger's syndrome diagnosis is unimportant. However, others find professional corroboration useful to increase their self-awareness and capitalize on their strengths while working around their challenges. With an official diagnosis, the Americans with Disabilities Act gives an Asperger's syndrome employee the right to ask for reasonable workplace accommodations, reports AANE.