I saw this in an old Biography magazine. My difficult child has every single trait with the exception of monotone speech. I thought this might be helpful to some wanting to know more about AS.
EliseThose with AS often - but not always exhibit many of these symptoms in varying degrees of severity:
People with AS may appear socially awkward and have trouble making friends, making eye contact or carrying on normal conversations.
They often have obsessive routines and may be overly preoccupied with a particular subject of interest. Asperger's children have been known to memorize facts about everything from obscure species of ants to passenger lists on the Titanic. No wonder some call the condition "Little Professor Syndrome."
They have a great deal of difficulty reading nonverbal cues (body language) and very often have trouble determining body space (i.e. standing too close or bumping into others).
Often acutely sensitive to sounds, tastes, smells, and sights, they may prefer soft clothing, certain foods and be bothered by noises or lights that seem normal to other people.
By definition, those with AS have a normal IQ and many individuals (although not all) exhibit exceptional skill or talent in a specific area.
Asperger people are literal to the extreme. For them, the world makes sense as a series of facts and messy, unquantifiable emotions are bewildering. A child with AS might think it perfectly normal to approach an overweight woman and announce, "You are fat. You need to go on a diet," without understanding why she then gets angry.
They have trouble expressing emotion through facial gestures and often talk in a monotone almost robotic voice.
Many Asperger's kids are inflexible about altering a routine: They want the same clothes every day, the same food at every meal. Change something and they become extremely upset.