Asperger Symdrome Behavior Symptoms, Signs & Characteristics

Diagnosing Asperger Syndrome (AS) can be very challenging.  It is challenging because Asperger Syndrome is frequently termed a “hidden disability.”  The symptoms of Asperger Syndrome can typically only be seen by well-trained clinicians.

However, as subtle as the symptoms may appear, the subtleness does not make them any less challenging for parents.  Frequently the challenge of getting a well-trained person to diagnosis Asperger Syndrome is the biggest challenge of parents who think their child might has Asperger Syndrome.

One of the ways clinicians diagnosis AS is through the behaviors they either observe or hear the parents discuss. No blood test or brain scan exists to diagnosis any of the autism spectrum disorders; therefore, it is up to a well-trained professional to make the accurate diagnosis.

Below are a few examples of some of the behaviors that individuals with Asperger Syndrome exhibit:

  • Some individuals with AS can have obsessions with parts of objects.  For example the child might be obsessed with taking apart and putting together the engine in a remote control car versus a typical child who might enjoy playing with the remote control car and driving it around the house.
  • Some individuals with AS might have a strong need for routine in all that they do.  They might like for their day to be structured the same every day, they may want to get dressed in the same order everyday, or they may want to perform the same activities at the same time everyday.
  • Some individuals with AS might have a strong interest in certain topics.  They become so interested that it’s all they want to talk about with others.  For example, some children might have a strong interest in dinosaurs; they might know every kind of dinosaur by name and every type of food the animals eat.  An adult with AS might have a strong interest in music, able to tell you artists, year the music was written, etc.  The interest is so strong it typically interferes with their daily life.
  • Some individuals with AS might have repetitive and stereo typical hand motions or body movements.  Flipping their fingers or clapping their hands may be something that they do without noticing or something that they do because it interests them or completely dominates their interest.

If your child or loved one exhibits one or even two of these behaviors it doesn’t guarantee that they have Asperger’s disorder, it simply means it should be explored.  Taking the time to visit a medical professional and cover your options as far as diagnosis and treatment are concerned would be in your best interest.

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