Aspergers Syndrome Symptoms
Due to the varied components of Aspergers Syndrome evident in each individual, it can be a difficult disorder to diagnose. Each person exhibits a different combination of symptoms although when a certain amount are present, a professional can correctly determine whether they have Aspergers.
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Signs and Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome:
Poor communication skills are a common trait in those with Aspergers. The lack of natural awareness regarding social clues and voice tones is one of the most obvious and common symptom a child with Aspergers portrays.Verbal communication is taken at face value and hence a sarcastic tone of voice or an evident joke can be totally missed; those with Aspergers translate all communications literally. In this manner, they are also direct in vocalising their own thoughts, being unaware of the social standards or consequences of speaking their mind. They find it more difficult to initiate conversations with their peers and have difficulty in listening or knowing when it is their turn to speak.Non verbal communication is another factor which is difficult to comprehend for those with Aspergers. Facial expressions and body language are almost unreadable and hence they misread what is actually being communicated. Personal space is an alien concept and therefore they are often seen as invading ones personal space or not honouring others privacy, unfairly being seen as rude as they join in private conversations or do not respect personal boundaries or property.Another detectable symptom of Aspergers is the avoidance of eye contact or engaging in inappropriate staring, even when this has been addressed by parents or peers repeatedly. Generally those with Aspergers are unaware of the non-verbal and unwritten rules of social interacting which come naturally to those without the syndrome. These create difficulty in social situations as children can feel self-conscious and appear unnatural as they miss out on the usual cues and are unable to form acceptable responses.Using advanced vocabulary or exhibiting formal speech patterns not common in children is a further symptom of the disorder. They can place intense focus on one or two subjects which interest them but may express extreme disinterest in other subjects or topics.The third category to be aware of is that children with Aspergers often display a lack of fine motor skills or these develop at a much slower pace than their siblings or peers. Signs of poor coordination become evident if they have difficulty in mastering bike-riding or completing complex puzzles, as is difficulty with hopping on one leg that children generally master quickly.
If your child exhibits intense dislikes for certain situations or noises, this can be an indicator as is becoming upset by bright lights, crowds or unexpected events. These have been known to trigger tantrums or fits in children with Aspergers. Changes in their regular routine can be a very upsetting experience for those with Aspergers, and may behave inappropriately to the smallest of changes at home or in school.
Combinations of these factors which make social interaction difficult are usually a sign of Aspergers syndrome. These include a display of limited interest in other people and social events being more self-occupied and indifferent to the needs of others. They may display a more eccentric personality and be excessively focused on unusual activities. Those with Aspergers tend to require rigid routine and repetitiveness with lack of interest in games involving imagination and role-playing.
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