Asperger Syndrome Symptoms & Signs – Social Interaction

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 observing the child’s social interaction with others or interviewing parents about the child’s social interaction.  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 social challenges that individuals with Asperger Syndrome exhibit: 

  1. Social interaction can be something to keep an eye on if you notice any of the following, take real notice if more than one is present. 
  2. Individuals with AS may have difficulty with facial expressions.  They may demonstrate a flat affect, demonstrating very few changes in their facial expressions, or they may not use facial expressions appropriately.  For example, they may not smile when they are happy or frown when they are sad.  This does not mean that they do not have these emotions; it simply means they do not know how to appropriately express these emotions.
  3. Individuals with AS may have difficulty in developing relationships with peers that would be considered normal within their age group. For example, they might get along better with adults who are more predictable, or may get along better with younger children who are more at their social-emotional stage.
  4. Individuals with AS may have difficulty carrying on a conversation with another person if it is not something they are highly interested in. For example, they might only want to talk about their favorite dinosaurs and have difficulty letting the other person interact or add to the conversation.

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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