We recently discovered this Aspergers Checklist which gives a good level of detail into diagnosis of Aspergers. One of the interesting things it mentions is that Aspergers Syndrome is particularly difficult to diagnose in younger children and toddlers. It includes a number of factors which would not normally be used in the diagnosis of adults but can be used in children due to the lack of visibility of other symptoms ( behavioral and personality symptoms).


These include:

  • Metabolic screening – Using blood and urines test to understand the metabolism of food.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging –  These use detailed imagery of the brain to detect abnormalities
  • CAT scan – Using X-rays to detect structural issues with the brain
  • Genetic testing – Abnormalities within the genes are detected through the use of blood tests.
  • Hearing tests using the Audio gram and Typanogram.
  • Electroencephalogram – which measures brain abnormalities


As well as the above physical tests there are also the traditional behavioral checklist which can refer to such as looking for these characteristics:

A checklist of things to look for when diagnosing Asperger's Syndrome

Attachment to routines, often cause disturbances if changed. Someone with Aspergers is generally not very adaptable to change.

Lack of social skills

Difficulties in developing close friendships, having meaningful or deep conversations as well as tendency to isolate.

Limited emotional intelligence and irrational emotions

It is common for people with AS to have a very low sensitivity to the emotions of others. They have difficulty understanding both their own emotions as well as the emotions of others. That being said, it can also be common for extreme emotions to be expressed with very minor triggers.

Difficulty engaging in conversation

Talking about a subject obsessively as well as well as  lack of eye contact during the conversation are big tell tale signs of AS.

Repetitive rituals and behaviors 

This can be observed in the engagement of repetitive rituals such as body movements, habits and behaviors. Examples of this include hand flapping, twirling or obscure methods of play.

Impaired Motor skills

There is a delay or impairment of motor skills such as playing catch, riding a bike, tying shoelaces. Although not exclusive to AS this can often be an effect of the disorder. Often clumsiness or the inability to realize the boundaries of ones bodies.

Although this is not an in depth Aspergers checklist it does give a few major points to look for. If you are looking for a more rigid tool for diagnosis you might want to check out the Asperger Test developed by Simon Baron-Cohen.


4 thoughts on “Aspergers Checklist
  1. william says:

    I want to know more about the score and how you arrrive at it.

  2. Thomas Keenan says:

    My 34 year old brother might have this. Would like to learn about aspergers.

  3. Arlene S says:

    I am a step mother to a 13 year old boy with Aspergers. I have been a part of his live for 5 years now. We just got a medical diagnosis from a psychologist about 2 months ago. I am at my wits end. His odd behaviors and rigidity with any change is becoming worse. When comes home from his mother’s visit from the every other weekend, he doesn’t talk and just wanders around kind of lost. I no longer feel like I have any relationship with him. This makes me very sad. It is also a very tense living situation. Please anyone with suggestions or advice. He is on an anti-depressant and ADHD medication now. He is not as withdrawn with others but more so with me. He wants to argue with his brother and dad over the simplest requests. Nothing makes sense to him. He is not practical.

    • Ray Bankes says:

      Regarding your 13 yr old step son: I have found that anti-depressants do not help much for ASD. they didnt help me because i wasnt depressed. i was overwhelmed by too much change. Remember, the change from mom’s house to your’s may be just as overwhelming when he goes to stay with her. Im not sure how to/or what to suggest on that except to put your heads together with the mom and you and your husband to see what may help him the most…..I can assure you it is difficult to figure out what to do with all the information that we Aspies collect. There is an article that speaks of the Asperger’s mind as in high gear all the time. As in, too fast and sees too much for our age. In actuality we dont know how to process all the information we are intaking. Most people habituate to the “noise” around them or the “visual clutter” we tend not to. for me i see everyting and notice if you shoes are clean or dirty comparred to last time or if you hair is combed or fixed different, and i hear almost everything that is going on around me. difficult to sleep at night as any sounds awaken me etc. ill be praying for you situation. mostley remember melt-downs are not anger against you but frustration of being overwhelmed and not able to communicate what is going on in our brains…. love him and let him know by your actions your care. WE apies can learn. im much better now than in my teens and early 20s….im 56 now….

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