Asperger’s Disorder children and teens are average or bright intellectually, but they are perceived by others to be odd socially.
They are self-focused and show little awareness or interest in others except for having an audience to talk to about their very specific and narrow interests. The Asperger’s Disorder child talks to and lectures rather than conversing with others. He does not like to listen, and once others are done talking, he does not respond to what they said but restarts where he left off in his monologue.
Asperger’s Disorder children have trouble with eye contact, body language, and the give and take of conversations and relationships. Often extremely interested in one or two subjects, they will focus most of their energy and conversation around that topic. They do not understand how to behave towards others; they miss out on nonverbal cues because they do not understand facial expressions, gestures, and body language.
They fail to consider what others might need and instead focus on their own thoughts, feelings, and desires. They dominate conversations and become frustrated when others interrupt or try to change the subject. They cannot shift gears in conversations or activities without upset.