Symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome

As with all autism spectrum disorders, those with Asperger's have difficulties in social functioning and various communication problems. They often lack the ability to understand nonverbal signals and are poor at deciphering body language. They might fail to develop peer relationships and may be singled out by other kids as "weird" or strange. Because they lack the ability to understand the perspective of others, they often do not return social feelings or share in the happiness or distress of others.

People with Asperger's often function best with rigid routines and rituals. They are often intensely preoccupied with a narrow area of interest, sometimes to the point of obsessiveness. And like those with full-blown autism, they engage in repetitive behaviors like finger twisting and even self-injurious practices.

Recent posts on Asperger's Syndrome

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By John Elder Robison on November 12, 2017 in My Life With Asperger's
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By Barb Cohen on October 16, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
The television producer suggested that my daughter skip class the day of filming. She has too much to say and too little control over when she says it.

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By Eva A. Mendes LMHC on October 04, 2017 in The Heart of Autism
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By Christopher Badcock Ph.D. on July 28, 2017 in The Imprinted Brain
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Involuntary Celibacy

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 21, 2017 in Minority Report
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By Barb Cohen on June 12, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
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By Eva A. Mendes LMHC on June 05, 2017 in The Heart of Autism
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By Barb Cohen on May 29, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
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By Christopher Badcock Ph.D. on April 05, 2017 in The Imprinted Brain
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By Barb Cohen on March 31, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
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