Like anyone with an interest or hobby, the special interest of your Asperger’s Disorder child provides pleasure. His level of enjoyment is probably equal to his level of obsession.
Self-esteem is somewhat tied to special interests. Your child is probably very good at his interest. He is likely to be knowledgeable, careful about his collection, and derive a sense of accomplishment. He also can use his special interest as a retreat from the stresses of the day. He can be in complete control of his interest and no one can tell him he is doing it wrong.
The chance to develop friendships may also arise out of your child’s special interest. For Asperger’s Disorder children who do not know how to start conversations or maintain one, or do not know how to keep a friend, a special interest provides a common ground. If your child’s special interest is a popular one with his peer group, he is likely to have moments when he fits in. Some studies have found that the level of social skills improves for Asperger’s Disorder children during the time they are talking and playing with another Asperger’s Disorder child who shares their same interest. Two Asperger’s Disorder children that have the same special interest can feel as if they have found their soul mate.