Black and white thinking refers to seeing situations in polar opposites. Things are either all one way or all the opposite way. Black and white thinking prevents the Asperger’s Disorder child from seeing shades of gray.
Since situations are usually complex and have many ways in which they can be viewed, the black and white thought patterns of the Asperger’s Disorder child can be incredibly frustrating for others. It is normal to respond with logic and reasoning when your child has his view set in stone. Unfortunately, children and teens with Asperger’s Disorder do not respond to logic. You are likely to have countless instances where you just gave up, concluding there was simply just no reasoning with your child.
Asperger’s Disorder children cannot view situations from any perspective other than their own. They do not consider alternative viewpoints. When suggestions are given to try to see things from the other person’s perspective, they are at a loss. Because they see only their viewpoint, they are absolutely sure their view is correct. If someone disagrees with him, the Asperger’s Disorder child becomes very frustrated. He will insist that others accept his viewpoint and he has no interest whatsoever in what the other person has to say.