10 Symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s Syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder, first diagnosed by Dr. Hans Asperger in 1944. Dr. Asperger studied children who were intelligent, but uncoordinated and had difficulties with social interactions. They would obsess over the minutiae of certain hobbies and interests. Forming friendships would be difficult, as they would have trouble recognizing certain social cues and not understand how to give the other people a chance to speak in a conversation.

Since then, Asperger’s has been a widely known version of high-functioning autism. Although those with the condition are able to do things on their own, (unlike those with more extreme forms of autism), they still need help with things like socializing and job training. Those with Asperger’s can do many impressive things. It is important to remember that it is a spectrum condition. While some with Asperger’s have a very high intelligence and proficiency at certain skills, others display more average intelligence and not much in the way of special skills.

There are certain symptoms that are commonplace among most people with Asperger’s. If you suspect you, your child or another loved one has Asperger’s syndrome, this guide will give you a better understanding of signs. A proper diagnosis from a medical professional will be necessary as well.

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1. Aggression

For those with autism spectrum disorders, acting out is not unusual. “Meltdowns” is the common terminology used to describe these outbursts. Those with Asperger’s can be prone to aggressive behavior. This doesn’t mean they’ll want to hurt someone. Instead, it’s a matter of them losing control over themselves and their functions. They might seem calm for one instance, and then suddenly become angry and frustrated, which causes them to lash out, either physically or verbally (if not both). Those with Asperger’s (especially children) have trouble relating their feelings, they’re prone to act out in an aggressive manner. They can find themselves in situations that are unfamiliar and aggravating, which they respond to by becoming belligerent. This doesn’t excuse misbehavior, but it can better explain it. Aggression for those with Asperger’s can be treated through recognizing of emotions and thought patterns that lead to them. Through therapy, a child can learn to understand what conditions make them lash out and how they can think of the situations differently. You can also explain to a child how their behavior makes others feel.

Those with Asperger’s can still be empathetic, even if it comes more difficult to them. Tell them how you feel when they do or say hurtful things to help them understand.