It is often not easy to tell whether a child has a Asperger’s syndrome. In fact, in most cases, it often goes undiagnosed for years and is only detected when a child goes to school.
Here are some of the symptoms that you need to watch out for if you suspect that your child has Asperger’s syndrome. Please note that this list is not a substitute for medical advise. In case of any doubt, it is best that you consult with your child’s physician.
Lack of Social Skills
A child who has Asperger’s syndrome lacks social skills not because he is shy but because he does not understand social cues. He may want to have friends and playmates but is having difficulty connecting with them because he does not fully understand how relationships work. And because of this, there are time when he would unwittingly do things which does not encourage friendship or he may unwittingly do things that would offend the other person.
Lack of Empathy
Children who are diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome may also be viewed by others as being insensitive and callous because they are unable to empathize with others and are unable to understand other people’s feelings. This does not, however, mean that they do not have feelings. They do. They are just simply grounded in logic which is why they sometimes do not understand other people’s feelings.
Extreme Focus on a Particular Topic
Children with Asperger’s syndrome often focus all their attention to one or two topics that interest them. Once they like a particular topic, they dwell on it, talk about it all the time and would like to learn all about it. They do not show interest in anything else but their favorite topic.
Difficulty in Understanding Non-verbal Communication
Although a child with Asperger’s syndrome may appear to have good vocabulary and good verbal skills, he often has difficulty in understanding non-verbal communication. There is also a tendency for words to be taken literally as he does not understand sarcasm and idioms.
Lack of Motor Skills and Physical Coordination
Some children with Asperger’s may have poor motor skills and coordination. Some often walk or run as if they are slightly off-balanced.