Asperger’s Syndrome is often diagnosed when a child starts school and the problems become apparent. The key helping a child with Asperger’s Syndrome achieve all they are capable of is acknowledging the condition and seeking professional help.
Here are the signs and symptoms to look for:
These children thrive on routine and can find adapting to change very challenging. They need lots of forewarning and reassurance before a big change in routine, such as moving schools or to a new house.
Speech and Language
Children with Asperger’s Syndrome may have an unusual way of speaking. Advanced expressions are used and conversations are interpreted literally. They have a hard time understanding sarcasm or figures of speech.
Children with Asperger’s Syndrome will socialize different than their peers. They may seem to live in their own world and not be interested in seeking out company and may not engage with others. They may want to talk exclusively about themselves and pay little attention in others views or interests. They like to control activities and if challenged may have an emotional outburst.
Thinking Skills and Emotions
Asperger’s Syndrome children are often quite smart. They have a good memory for facts and figures and may excel in technical areas. Introverted activities such as reading may be very important to them. These children lack empathy and cannot interpret other’s feelings. They are unable to see what others are thinking and have difficulty to interpreting non-verbal cues. Reactions to their own troubles may seem magnified.
Most Asperger’s Syndrome children have reduced motor skills meaning that they may struggle with sport. They may have trouble with writing and art due to weak fine-motor skills.
Children with Asperger’s Syndrome may be particularly sensitive to sound, light and noise. Certain fabrics and sensations may cause them to be overly upset, leading to needing the labels to be cut out of their clothing
A well known sign of Asperger’s Syndrome is being fixated with a certain topic or interest. They may have advanced knowledge of their obsession and want to talk non-stop about it.