For a disorder which effects around 1 in every 300 children, there appears to be a lot of confusion over what exactly constitutes characteristics of Aspergers. Let's take a look at some of the most common Aspergers characteristics and the way the may manifest themselves in your child.
Aspergers children may demonstrate outstanding attention to detail and rote learning. However, whereas children who are generally exceptional may display higher cognitive abilities across the spectrum, a characteristic of Aspergers may see sufferers displaying low skill sets in other areas, primarily language and communication. They may also be hampered by unregulated fears and impaired judgment in situations which create fear, and prefer rigid or formalised daily routine and structure.
Aspergers characteristics can at times manifest themselves in what may, without further scrutiny, appear to be advanced vocabulary skills. It is somewhat ironic however that children with Aspergers may be able to use a rhetoric based on stock phrases or phrases taken from other people to present a facade of advanced linguistic ability, when in fact their cognitive development in this area may be stilted from around 5 years and beyond. A characteristic of Aspergers in this regard may be stilted speech, difficulties adjusting volume and speed, repetition of words or phrases (echolalia) and problems understanding some language and figures of speech.
Hyper responsive reaction to external stimuli is a significant problem for children with Aspergers, and is often accompanied by expression of hurt, anger, frustration and anxiety.
Obsessive preoccupations with a theme, collection, or a tendency toward ideas are also key characteristic of Aspergers, as are continued or repetitive activities and actions. Emotional cues may also become fixated, and an incident early in the day may 'set the tone' for the entire day.
Child Aspergers can also manifest itself clearly in children who exhibit the inability to differentiate social cues, such as facial expression, body language, rules of interaction, eye contact, humour and sarcasm.
These are just some of the characteristics of Aspergers which can be used for the purposes of Aspergers syndrome diagnosis. Trying to diagnose Aspergers can be a difficult, and at times harrowing experience for parents (and sufferers).
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