Asperger's Syndrome Symptoms
Asperger’s syndrome is a type of pervasive developmental disorder where acquiring skills such as communication, socializing, and use of the imagination are delayed.
People with Asperger’s usually have normal intelligence and close to normal development in language. Symptoms of this disorder run from mild to severe, and each individual may or may not demonstrate the symptoms listed below.
Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome
Communication Problems, such as:
- Difficulty understanding body language and facial expressions.
- Having poor eye contact during conversations.
- Problems understanding language in context.
Odd Rituals or Preoccupations, such as:
- Making sure the different foods on their dinner plate do not touch.
- Keeping morning or bedtime rituals, doing everything in the same order.
- Touching something, like a light switch, every time they walk past it.
Poor Social Skills, such as:
- Trouble making friends.
- Feeling and acting awkward in social situations.
- Attempt to interact with less than satisfactory results.
Poor Physical Coordination
- Usually physically awkward or clumsy.
- Disinclined toward physical activities.
Repetitive or Unusual Behaviors, such as:
- Eating the same thing for lunch everyday.
- Pulling on their fingers in a certain order.
- Being VERY upset by a change in their schedule or routine.
- Talking to themselves.
Obsessive Interest in One or Two Things, such as:
- Sports scores and schedules.
- Keeping track of the weather.
Talent and Skill in a Specific Area, such as:
Asperger’s is more common in males than females. An estimated 0.024% to 0.36% of children are diagnosed with the disorder. As those with Asperger’s grow up, they may improve their social and communication skills to find success in college, the workplace, and in relationships.