Hi, I’m Craig Kendall, the author of The Asperger’s Syndrome Survival Guide. In today’s issue we will discuss…
Does Your Child Have Asperger’s Syndrome / High Functioning Autism?
What are the signs of Asperger’s syndrome?
Individuals with Asperger’s are often highly intelligent but don’t have a clue about anything social. Memory is highly developed in most people with Asperger’s and is a special skill for them, especially when it comes to reciting facts. Individuals with Asperger’s often exhibit many of the following signs:
Six Signs that May Indicate Asperger’s syndrome:
- Unusual communication style: talking in a formal, pedantic manner; or not talking at all.
- Problems with social skills: difficulty with reciprocal communication, difficulty taking the perspective of another person; having a hard time reading people’s nonverbal communication or displaying unusual nonverbal communication.
- Lack of friends: difficulty relating to people; preferring to be alone.
- Obsession with specific topics: seems like they are “little encyclopedias,” preoccupation with reciting facts.
- Sensory overload: getting upset when there is loud noise, too much commotion, clothes that are too scratchy or tight, or other sensory issues.
- Motor problems: odd gait or posture; odd behaviors or mannerisms.
Can Asperger’s syndrome be diagnosed in an infant?
It is hard to diagnose Asperger’s in a young child. Most are not diagnosed until they are in school. You wouldn’t necessarily know if your one year old child had it or not. They might be particularly fussy or difficult to bond with, but then again, a lot of babies are that have nothing wrong with them.
And for additional information that can help you better understand autism and lead a happier and more fulfilling life on the autism spectrum, see The Asperger’s Syndrome Survival Guide.