Asperger’s Disorder is a lifetime disorder. Symptoms will remain throughout adult years. How severely the adult is impacted depends largely on how severe the symptoms were during childhood and adolescence. Outcome is also somewhat dependent on IQ, with those having the highest IQ having a better outcome.
The level of services received during childhood and adolescence is also expected to have a role in outcome, with more intensive and longer-term services predicting a better outcome. A good overall outcome is generally defined as having some meaningful friendships, being employed or in job training, being responsible for one’s own finances, and living independently.
Asperger’s Disorder will impact each adult in a different way. Each adult, in turn, will be impacted more severely in some areas than others. Outcome research for Asperger’s Disorder is a recent area of study lacking strong statistics at the present time. Adults with Asperger’s Disorder may not have been diagnosed in childhood, may have been diagnosed with autism as a child, and/or may not have received any services during their childhood and teens years. These factors combine to make knowledge of the real outcome of Asperger’s Disorder difficult to know.