The Asperger’s Disorder child has difficulties with emotions in several ways. She has difficulty understanding emotions and controlling how she expresses her feelings, and does not understand how other people feel.
Difficulty with emotions includes:
• Difficulty reading facial expressions
• Limited use of facial expressions
• Lack of empathy
• Blind to the feelings of others
The Asperger’s Disorder child seems to move through life as if she is the only one who has feelings.
Her emotion at any given time is what matters to her, regardless of what is happening around her. It is not that she is purposely uncaring, callous, or coldhearted; she simply cannot walk in another person’s emotional shoes. If a peer is talking about the death of his pet over the weekend, the Asperger’s Disorder child will interrupt to talk about her visit to the airplane show.
The Asperger’s Disorder child cannot understand why she should let the other boy talk about his grief and forgo her talk about the airplane show. She will interrupt, show obvious signs of being impatient, and repeatedly ask if it is her turn yet. This type of self-centeredness, lack of empathy, and selfishness works quickly to get her rejected as a friend.