Asperger’s Syndrome is marked by unusual behaviors and difficulty with social interactions. Some professionals equate this disorder to high-functioning autism, whereas others see autism and Asperger’s as distinct diagnoses. Symptoms frequently include:
- Narrow, intense interests or “obsessions.”
- Intense fascination for unusual things, like doorknobs or alarm clocks.
- Rigid about sticking to routines and rituals.
- A tendency to experience odd physical habits, like unusual ways of walking or talking.
- Fascination with parts of objects; for example, taking apart TV’s.
Difficulty with social interactions
- Problems understanding nonverbal communication. Problems understanding facial expressions and gestures.
- Difficulty understanding social “rules” and cues
- Difficulty finding close friends
- Lack of interest in sharing time with others.
- Difficulty expressing interest in another person’s welfare.
- Often prefer to be with animals or inanimate objects than with other people.
Other characteristics that aren’t always present
- Very formal and complex language, as if reading from an encyclopedia.
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