One of our most popular printables on FamilyEducation.com is a "Characteristics Checklist for Asperger's Syndrome: Social Interactions" (one of several Asperger's characteristics checklists on our site). Thousands of parents check it out each month, wondering (frantically) "Could my child have Asperger's?"
The answer to that question may change by next year, when the definition of autism will probably narrow, leaving out some people with "higher-functioning" forms of autism, such as "mild" Asperger's or P.D.D.-N.O.S. So, hold your horses on making any assumptions based on those checklists.
On the surface, this might sound great. The stat (by some estimates) that 1 in 100 kids have some form of autism is way too high? Awesome! The trouble is, many families rely on the current definition of autism to get support (from schools, insurance companies, etc.) to treat their child's disorder -- whatever the "label" might be.
As this recent NYTimes op-ed by a psychiatrist points out, Asperger's or the idea of having "a touch of Asperger's" is tossed around fairly loosely these days. Some people have speculated that everyone from billionaire Warren Buffett to author George Orwell to scientist Albert Einstein has/had Asperger's to some degree.