Symptoms of Aspergers Syndrome

by admin on July 2, 2012


People with Asperger syndrome become over-focused or obsessed on a single object or topic, ignoring all others. They want to know everything about this topic, and often talk about little else.

  • Children with Asperger syndrome will present many facts about their subject of interest, but there will seem to be no point or conclusion.

  • They often do not recognize that the other person has lost interest in the topic.

  • Areas of interest may be quite narrow, such as an obsession with train schedules, phone books, a vacuum cleaner, or collections of objects.

People with Asperger do not withdraw from the world in the way that people with autism withdraw. They will often approach other people. However, their problems with speech and language in a social setting often lead to isolation.

  • Their body language may be off.

  • They may speak in a monotone, and may not respond to other people's comments or emotions.

  • They may not understand sarcasm or humor, or they may take a figure of speech literally.

  • They do not recognize the need to change the volume of their voice in different settings.

  • They have problems with eye contact, facial expressions, body postures, or gestures (nonverbal communication).

  • They may be singled out by other children as "weird" or "strange."

People with Asperger syndrome have trouble forming relationships with children their own age or other adults, because they:

  • Are unable to respond emotionally in normal social interactions

  • Are not flexible about routines or rituals

  • Have difficulty showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people

  • Do not express pleasure at other people's happiness

Children with Asperger syndrome may show delays in motor development, and unusual physical behaviors, such as:

  • Delays in being able to ride a bicycle, catch a ball, or climb play equipment

  • Clumsiness when walking or doing other activities

  • Repetitive behaviors, in which they sometimes injure themselves

  • Repetitive finger flapping, twisting, or whole body movements

Many children with Asperger syndrome are very active, and may also be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). Anxiety or depression may develop during adolescence and young adulthood. Symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder and a tic disorder such as Tourette Syndrome may be seen.



Your young adult is protected by certain laws and policies that will help during the
transition process and throughout their life. During your child’s school years, the protections
offered by IDEA and the IEP, which documented the accommodations and goals, were
automatically provided. The IDEA protections, however, end when your young adult
turns 21.

Other laws take their place; but, as these are not entitlement laws, it will
now be up to you and your child to seek out their protections.

Laws and Policies:

Three laws overlap to benefit and safeguard you and your child with ASD as you
begin the transition process:

  1. IDEA, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act, and
  2. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • These laws help you and your young adult to access the most appropriate services to prepare for the transition to post-high school life.

      3. The Federal “No Child Left Behind (NCLB)” Act of 2001

  • This law also addresses the educational needs of individuals with ASD; however, in the area of transition planning and support, the impact of NCLB remains to be determined and therefore is not discussed here.

For more information on IDEA, Section 504, or ADA, please see the following


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