Asperger’s syndrome is a neurological disorder on the autism spectrum. There are many behaviors that may be signs that your child should be checked for Asperger’s syndrome. Here are ten common behaviors to watch for:
1. Fixation on One Activity
Many children with Asperger’s Syndrome tend to fixate on one activity and can spend hours upon hours of their time doing one thing.
2. “Little Professor” Speech”
Typically a child with Asperger’s tends to have advanced verbal skills, but due to the autism aspect of the syndrome they might seem fixated on a topic that they want to talk about constantly.
3. Difficulty Reading Social Cues
Social difficulties are another key sign of Asperger’s syndrome. A child with Asperger’s syndrome will have a hard time reading body language, taking turns or holding a conversation with their peer group.
4. Need For Routine
Many children with Asperger’s syndrome, need to have a very structured schedule, otherwise they get confused and can become stressed out or frustrated.
5. Emotional Meltdowns
Many children with Asperger’s syndrome can’t handle routines or plans going awry. They become easily overwhelmed and have an inability to control their emotions which leads to emotional breakdowns.
6. Lack of Empathy
Another sign your child may have Asperger’s syndrome is their lack of empathy. Many of these children have no clue that people around them have feelings or wants and needs. They live in their own bubble and tend to be totally aloof.
7. Can’t Understand Speech Subtleties
Some people with Asperger’s syndrom have a hard time understanding speech tone, pitch, and accent. They tend to take words very literally and have a difficult time understanding sarcasm or jokes.
8. Unusual Body Language
Other signs that your child might have Asperger’s syndrome is their unusual facial expressions or postures, and either staring a lot at others or completely avoiding eye contact.
9. Delayed Motor Development
Poor or delayed motor skills, such as delays in handwriting, problems riding a bike etc can also be signs that your child may have Asperger’s syndrome.
10. Sensory Sensitivities
Many children with Asperger’s syndrome have heightened sensory sensitivity. As a result, they can be easily overstimulated by lights, loud noises etc.
If you think your child may have Asperger’s syndrome it is best to get an expert’s evaluation as soon as possible.