Looking at Asperger's Syndrome

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Lizzie Gottlieb's brother Nicky was never like most other kids. Very smart, but talked late, walked late, didn't make eye contact, didn't socially connect.

It wasn't until he was 20 that Nicky was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a kind of high-functioning neurological cousin of autism that is being diagnosed in more and more young Americans.

They can be high achievers — many in computer science or engineering. But it's not an easy life.

Now, Lizzie and Nicky are telling their story.

This hour, On Point: living with Asperger's Syndrome, up close.Guests:

Lizzie Gottlieb, director of "Today's Man: Adventures of a Young Man with Asperger Syndrome."

Nicky Gottlieb, Lizzie's brother, has Asperger's Syndrome and is the subject of "Today's Man."

Lynda Geller, clinical director, Asperger Institute at New York University. She is also a board member at the Asperger Foundation International, where she served as executive director from 2004 to 2006.

Brian Hughes, product engineer and trustee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in 2003 he wrote a column for MIT alumni titled "Understanding Our Gifted and Complex Minds: Intelligence, Asperger's Syndrome, and Learning Disabilities at MIT."

This program aired on January 14, 2008.


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