Much of the difficulty Asperger’s Disorder children and teens have stems from their problems in thinking.
Despite the vast majority of those with Asperger’s Disorder having average to above average intelligence, all have significant thinking problems. They are excellent in thinking about things but extremely poor in thinking about people. They have an inability to understand what is going on in the minds of others. They lack empathy and are unable to understand how other people feel and how they might react to their words and behavior.
Thinking problems seen in Asperger’s Disorder include:
• Unaware of other’s feelings
• Inability to read other people’s intentions
• Viewing things in black and white
• Inability to see another person’s perspective
• Rigid adherence to rules
• Inability to tell what others are thinking
• Perfectionistic thinking
• Interpreting others’ words literally
• Catastrophic thinking
• Rigid thinking
• Perseverative thinking
• Failure to generalize