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Introduction: Intervention as Community Building

When, we, the editors, began studying Asperger's Syndrome in 1996 there was little information to be found. We were both hungry for more because we had family members and clients struggling with the symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome, and as psychologists, we hoped to be more useful to those we served. We assembled a small study group of faculty, staff, and students and began by reading Asperger's original article (1944/1991), which described children who had many of the characteristics of autism, including sensory and social differences and a variety of neurological problems, but who also appeared more connected to or interested in the world around them. Whereas Kanner's work on children who were more classically autistic was continued in this country, Asperger's work was all but ignored until the last decade.