Signs of aspergers syndrome in children and adults

Aspergers syndrome is part of the autism spectrum, characterised by difficulty in social interaction and odd or patterned behaviour. However, if you think that you or someone else may show signs of aspergers syndrome, you should only seek advice from a medical professional and not conduct a self-diagnosis.

Aspergers syndrome in children

The signs or aspergers syndrome in children can normally be spotted from a young age, usually when a child is entering school or begins interacting with other children. Normal symptoms of aspergers in young children include:

  • An inability to pick up on social cues, such as when it is there turn to speak in a group, or difficulty in most social situations;
  • Lack of empathy towards others;
  • A dislike in changes to their daily routine;
  • Trouble understanding body language, tone and pitch, such as telling a joke (particularly the 'punchline');
  • Avoidance of eye contact or staring more than children normally do;
  • Delayed motor development compared to other children;
  • One-sided conversations, often about their favourite subject, and a preoccupation with very few interests;
  • A formal style of speaking in comparison to other children, normally distinguished by a greater vocabulary.

Aspergers in adults

Although the signs of aspergers syndrome are normally noticeable at an early age it is possible to miss some symptoms. Normally, in adulthood, people with aspergers may have better social skills but will still struggle to communicate in social situations. Other signs of aspergers in adults include:

  • Attention to detail and focused interests, which also lead to a higher chance of seeking out a university degree or career;
  • A fascination with technology (in some cases);
  • Greater organisation skills and, because teenagers with aspergers are less likely to follow social norms and are not interested in socialising as much as other children, adults with aspergers syndrome tend to be more intelligent compared to others.

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