Aspergers Checklist

Aspergers Checklist Helps Discover If You Have AspergerWhen you are wondering if someone you love may have Asperger syndrome (AS) it is helpful to look at a list of symptoms. That is why this article has been written with an Aspergers checklist that you can use as part of your preliminary investigations into AS.

There are distinguishing factors and characteristics that set children apart when they suffer from one of the known autism spectrum disorders, specifically in this case Asperger’s Syndrome. Keep in mind too that Aspies can vary greatly in the extent and nature of the problems, characteristics or symptoms that they display. This fact alone means that treating AS needs to be targeted as much as possible for each unique person.

Aspies are generally impacted in any of these four different areas of life:

  • Social interaction
  • Communication skills
  • Physically
  • Repetitive or restrictive patterns



Those with Asperger syndrome may be characterized by some of the following, which have been broken down into the four areas mentioned above:

Social interaction

  • Difficulty interacting with others – social skills
  • Difficulty making friends
  • Find it hard to get close to others
  • Difficulty understanding jokes and metaphors
  • Concept of fiction is not easily understood
  • Difficulty looking others directly in the eye
  • Inappropriate staring
  • May appear bored in social situations
  • Tendency to misinterpret or misunderstand gestures and facial expressions
  • May seem to lack empathy for others

Communication skillsAspergers Checklist

  • Communicating with others may be impaired
  • Tendency to speak with a monotone inflection
  • May speak too formally for the situation
  • Slang language may not be a part of usual speech
  • Fixed pitch when talking
  • May run off on tangents
  • Tendency to sound incoherent in conversations
  • Difficulty in picking up on changes in conversation topic
  • Tendency to speak incessantly about one particular subject
  • May not allow opportunity for the other person (or people) to say anything
  • May never really come to a conclusion in any conversation

Physically

  • Tendency to be clumsy
  • Oversensitivity to stimuli through the five senses – including light, taste, textures, smells and sound
  • Unusual facial expressions
  • Unusual posture
  • Different gait when walking

Repetitive or restrictive patterns

  • Overly reliant on fixed routines
  • Difficulty handling changes to the daily routine
  • May become overly attached to specific objects
  • Interests may be limited
  • Tendency to become obsessive over details
  • May throw temper tantrums
  • May become preoccupied with a certain activity

The Aspergers checklist above lists some of the symptoms that Aspies may exhibit. It is important to understand that each case is unique and the specific asperger symptoms experienced by each person with AS will also be unique.

As an Aspie grows from childhood into adulthood the symptoms and severity of them may change. Each stage in life will hold its own set up challenges that will need to be dealt with and addressed in order for the Aspie child, teenager or adult to be able to relate to others and fit in as well as possible to society.



Resources:

Listen and Learn Center – Asperger’s Syndrome Symptoms
http://www.listenandlearn.com.au/disorders_aspergers.asp

Asperger’s in Children
http://www.nativeremedies.com/ailment/aspergers-syndrome-asperger-disorder.html

Web MD – Asperger’s Syndrome Symptoms
http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/tc/aspergers-syndrome-symptoms

Angel Fire – Asperger Syndrome
http://www.angelfire.com/clone/asperger/index.html

Aspergoid features
http://www.paulcooijmans.com/personalitytests/asperger.html

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