10 Characteristics of Asperger’s Syndrome

via Let’s Chat about Autism

1. Difficulty Developing Friendships

  • Children with Asperger’s syndrome may struggle to form and maintain friendships, due to a lack of social skills. They may lack the skills necessary to talk to other children or participate in group activities, though they may deeply long for this connection with their peers.

2. Selective Mutism

  • Children with Asperger’s syndrome may not feel comfortable talking in public settings, and thus have what is called “selective mutism.” That is, they will only verbally communicate with those they feel most comfortable (i.e., parents, siblings).

3. Inability to Empathize

  • Those diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome may have difficult emphasizing with others. Through education, they may learn the accepted social responses for interacting with others, but may not fully understand someone’s emotions.

4. Unable to Make Eye Contact or Forcing Eye Contact

  • Making and holding eye contact can be difficult for individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome, often brought on from a lack of confidence. Some may also not understand the important of eye contact for social communication, resulting in forcing eye contact. Forcing eye contact can make others feel even more uncomfortable.

5. Being “Active But Odd”

  • There is a misconceived notion that people with Asperger’s syndrome are not passionate. These individuals may become very social, but only form a few close relationships, or may surround themselves with people but do not form any deep relationships.

6. Narrowed Interests

  • Individuals with Asperger’s syndrome tend to have narrow and specific interests. When forced to leave their projects, or if their projects are failing, they may become greatly distressed. Fostering these interests is important for the reduction of stress and anxiety.

7. Sticking to Routine

  • Creating and maintaining a routine is important for someone with Asperger’s syndrome to avoid any distress and anxiety.

8. Literal Interpretations

  • Individuals with Asperger’s syndrome tend to take everything someone says literally, and thus may need an explanation of expressions. This population may struggle to understand sarcasm and other emotions through social communication.

9. Excellent Pattern Recognition

  • Those diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome tend to have an incredible ability to recognize patterns, excelling in math and art. Foster this ability!

10. Poor Motor Skills

  • Fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination tend to be a struggle for those diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, resulting in poor handwriting, poor ability to hold objects, and even difficulties with walking and posture.

 

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5 Comments

  1. craig
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    I suspect my son of having aspergers. He has no social skills even with the family. Does anyone have an idea where I can take him to be checked?

  2. Kellie Hockless
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi Craig,

    Please call our office at 718.686.9600 and we can assist you. Thank you.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted September 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    Inability to empathise? Complete nonsense.

  4. Lee
    Posted December 25, 2016 at 6:14 am | Permalink

    No, inability to empathize is not complete nonsense, it is called Theory of Mind, and aspies are lacking in this area. Theory of mind is the ability to see things from another person’s perspective and it is one of, if not the greatest struggle that aspies face.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted April 2, 2017 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Our 13-yr-old son was just diagnosed with Asperger’s. With selective mutism, he refuses to communicate with his family when he’s struggling so we don’t know how to help him. It is not just strangers anymore. Is this typical for kids with Asperger? Also, he used to have a lot of empathy for others before this past year. He would tell us when he felt bad for someone who was sad or who didn’t win. Now he can’t empathize with us possibly losing our jobs because he makes us late to work some mornings when he’s refusing to go to school. Did he change? I understand the Theory of Mind but I don’t understand why he used to have so much empathy that certain people’s situations would affect him deeply.

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