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Signs and symptoms of Aspergers Syndrome | Autism Pal

Signs and symptoms of Aspergers Syndrome

Signs and Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s syndrome is considered as one of the pervasive developmental disorders and with the main signs and symptoms of Asperger’s centering on the impairment of social and communicative abilities.

Current statistics suggest that up to 3 out of every 10,000 children will be diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and boys are 3 or 4 times more likely to suffer with the disorder than girls.

Here is a list of the most common signs and symptoms associated with Asperger’s syndrome, but please bear in mind that every child’s case of Asperger’s is different and just because a majority of children showed one symptom, doesn’t mean every child has or will.

1. Social Difficulties
As stated above, a majority, but not all, of Asperger’s syndrome symptoms are social in nature. The first symptom that many parents or teachers notice in a child that has Asperger’s is a lack of understanding of social cues or the inability to understand body language. This can extend to the basic ability to start and end a conversation as well as the idea of waiting to speak until the person you are speaking to has finished.

2. Dislikes Change
Most children that show signs of Asperger’s syndrome do not like any change in their routine. This is also a common symptom of the classic form of autism, as well.

3. Lack of Empathy
A common symptom that is almost always associated with Asperger’s syndrome is the apparent lack of empathy. Empathy, or the ability to sense the emotions and emotional state of another person, is part of an Asperger’s patient social failings. It is easy to see how a lack of empathy can make even the simplest social interaction extremely awkward.

4. Speech Patterns
An Asperger’s child may not be able to understand the subtle differences in tone and meaning during social interaction. It makes things like understanding humor or plays-on-words like puns almost impossible to understand. Also, things like sarcasm tend to be extremely difficult for an Asperger’s child to understand. The child may also not use the proper speech patterns and not vary their tone of speech much or at all. Again, this only adds to the socially awkwardness of a child with this disorder.

5. Advanced Language
Adding to the already overwhelming social awkwardness is the fact that many Asperger’s sufferers will tend to use much more formal or advanced language for their age. While it might seem cute and even endearing when conversing with adults, with other children it can be extremely alienating.

6. Eye Contact
A child with Asperger’s syndrome also tends to avoid eye contact when speaking to you. They either look at the ground or just look away from the person to whom they are speaking.

7. Topic Fixations
Despite often socially awkward traits, many Asperger’s children will be quite talkative, usually about one topic that they may seem to be obsessed with. It can be something as simple as baseball stats or something obscure that they just saw on television.

8. Mannerisms
They may also have an unusual posture or walking style and move in a clumsy manner.

While Asperger’s syndrome doesn’t present the serious problems that classic autism does, it can still be a very tough disorder to deal with. With assistance, however, a child diagnosed with Asperger’s can live a happy and full life.

If after reviewing the list of common signs and symptoms of Asperger’s above you feel your child may be displaying signs make an appointment with your doctor to arrange for further evaluation.

Asperger’s Syndrome Treatment

If you’re worried that your loved one may have Asperger’s Syndrome or your child has already received a formal diagnosis and you are wondering which way to turn next I would recommend you read ‘The Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome’, an easy to follow, comprehensively researched downloadable book by Rachel Evans.

The Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome covers vital autism information helping you to get a diagnosis, decide on which treatments are suitable for your loved one, whether diet or nutritional supplements provide relief from asperger’s behaviors, along with information how this ASD effects the wider family and what to do, education, the teenage years and planning for the future. Discover how you can help to maximize the potential of someone with autism by reading The Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome.