5 Identifiable Signs of Asperger's Syndrome
Limited or Inappropriate Social Interactions
Someone with limited or inappropriate social interactions may not exhibit these traits overtly. A child or adult who does not have a lot of friends could have some kind of behavior difficulty. Failure to empathize or react to other's behavior may also indicate a social interaction difficulty. A person may not recognize nonliteral phrases, allusions or metaphors. Asperger's patients could lack basic conversational skills and tend to discuss themselves rather than others.
A patient with Asperger's syndrome could exhibit a strict adherence to a routine or ritual that serves no specific purpose. Repetitive mannerisms such as finger tapping, hair twisting or complex body movements may indicate a social problem.
Asperger's syndrome causes significant impairment with regards to social, occupational and other areas of normal development. A person's language attainment and educational skills may seem normal, but social development and basic interpersonal interactions may be stunted.
People with Asperger's syndrome may lack nonverbal communication skills such as eye contact, few facial expressions and no emotional responses to conversations. Although the person could have average or above-average verbal skills, nonverbal responses such as gestures lag behind in normal development. Movements and mannerisms could be awkward. A child may lack physical motor development, such as a delay in motor coordination needed to use a fork, pencil, ball glove or bicycle.
Obsession With Subjects
A person with Asperger's syndrome could fixate on one or two conversational topics and have in-depth conversations about such things. For example, he may discuss sports statistics, historical facts or weather phenomenon when the current conversation has nothing to do with such topics. Children naturally like subjects such as cars, science and toys. However, a child who memorizes names of stars, parts of cars or names of classic toys could exhibit obsessive behavior associated with Asperger's syndrome.
Asperger's syndrome represents a higher-functioning autism spectrum disorder diagnosed more prevalently in children than in adults. Recognizable signs of Asperger's syndrome vary in degree, and not every symptom may appear in each individual. Patients with Asperger's syndrome typically exhibit more than one sign or symptom. Learn the identifiable signs of this disorder so your child or loved one gets professional help.
Patients with Asperger's syndrome do not necessarily have a lack of intelligence. In fact, their verbal and intellectual skills could measure much higher than average. If you suspect your child or someone close to you has Asperger's syndrome, discuss any treatment options and therapy with a licensed therapist or your family doctor. The sooner you get help, the sooner your loved one develops usual social skills.