Asperger’s Disorder is considered a pervasive developmental disorder. This means it causes significant problems in many areas of the child’s development, including socialization, communication, behavior, thinking, and activities.
Children, teens, and adults who have Asperger’s Disorder have significant problems with:
1. Socializing with others
4. Intense preoccupation with one or two topics
5. Repetitive routines, behaviors, and movements
7. Speech and language
8. Motor skills
9. Sensitivity to sensations of sound, light, or touch
Individuals with Asperger’s Disorder are different from people with other pervasive developmental disorders in that they do not have significant delays in language, cognitive development, or self-help skills.
Symptoms of Asperger’s Disorder are seen in every setting, including at home, in the classroom, on the playground, and in after-school and extracurricular activities. Virtually every area of the Asperger’s Disorder child’s life is affected.
Symptoms of Asperger’s Disorder may begin to develop as early as age two; however, it is most often recognized after the child starts school, where his unusual manner of talking and failure to play appropriately with his peers begins to surface. The combination of symptoms results in a child who is identified by others as “odd” and is quickly rejected by his peers.