Children with Asperger’s Disorder have a variety of symptoms that prevent them from making and sustaining friendships.
Each time we talk, play, or interact with another person, there is an unspoken understanding that we both intuitively understand the rules of interacting. We know that we should look one another in the eye, listen and respond to what the other person has to say, stick to the conversation, take turns, and share in the other person’s excitement. The child with Asperger’s Disorder, however, does not know what the rules are and, even when repeatedly taught them, has little or no interest in following them and does not understand their purpose.
The Asperger’s Disorder child does not:
• Engage in normal eye contact
• Show much interest in other people
• Display empathy for other people
• Share in the interests and achievements of others
• Understand body language
• Converse on topic
• Respond to what others are saying
• Read social cues
The Asperger’s Disorder child is not on the same social page as others. He is highly self-focused and has little interest in others. He seems blind to the idea that others have thoughts, feelings, and interests that they too want to share.