There is a great overlap between the special interests and play patterns of Asperger’s Disorder children. Most commonly, the special interest dominates the Asperger’s Disorder child’s play.
While many children have a favorite type of toy or game they like to play, the Asperger’s Disorder child’s preference is rigid and does not allow room for other interests. He only wants to play his special interest and is very resistant towards playing with anything else. If he plays with others, he is insistent that they play his special interest. He may be overprotective with his special interest collection, refusing to let his peers play with the items. His play is less physically active and playful, but more verbal where he enjoys showing off his knowledge about his special interest, almost as if he is giving a seminar and demonstration.
If he is willing to allow his playmate to actually touch his items, he wants to tell him exactly what to do with them. He becomes easily frustrated when his peers’ play deviates from what he wants to do. Arguments, outbursts, and refusing to continue to play are common events when the Asperger’s Disorder child plays with a peer.