In this paper I hope to illuminate you to the symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome. Asperger’s is part of the autism spectrum. It is at the top of the spectrum. People who have Asperger’s are very high functioning, but lack common social skills and they have average to above average vocabulary skills. The symptoms may not be identified until a child is two years of age, because of the natural (normal) development of a child. However, doctors prefer to test the child at six years of age. This topic is near and dear to my heart, because I have a ten year old son, Jayden, who has Asperger’s. Jayden was diagnosed when he was six years old. It was then that I was informed that Asperger’s is not a disease, instead, it is a learning disability. In fact, many times it has been mistaken for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). So, in this research I will enlighten you to the many and varied symptoms of Asperger’s which are as follows: limited or inappropriate social interactions; “robotic” or repetitive speech; challenges with non-verbal communication coupled with average to above average speech; tendency to discuss self rather than others; inability to understand social/emotional issues or non-literal phrases; lack of eye contact or reciprocal conversation; obsession with specific and often unusual topics; one-sided conversations and awkward movements or gestures.(retrieved on 11/7/13 from www.autismspeaks.org)
Children/adults with Asperger’s have difficulty with appropriate social interactions. Such as, laughing at inappropriate times or not understanding that a joke is a joke. They may interrupt a conversation to interject a thought or information, sometimes irrelevant, that they feel is important. Although, the information may be irrelevant they feel the information is important and informative. Jayden does this with his teachers at school and with me and his father at home. He will repeat the information until he realizes that you have heard him and that you understand.
They also speck in a “robotic” tone or their speech might be repetitive. For example, they may say, "I saw a tree over there" three or more times in the same conversation. Another example is: “Um, I have a dog; um the dog’s name is frank.” This can contribute to the social awkwardness, or feeling secluded from others. A “robotic” tone is just that; for example “I do not want that.” Spoken with emphasizes on each word.
People with Asperger’s also, have trouble with non-verbal communication. They have trouble effectively communicating their emotions. They have average to above average vocabularies. Although, they do tend to have a well-developed vocabulary; they have difficulty understanding body language and facial expressions. If they were carrying on a conversation; the other person crossed their arms (as a sign of disagreement) or they rolled their eyes and began another conversation (as a sign of disinterest) the person with Asperger’s would still be talking. They...