Asperger’s Disorder children think highly of rules. They believe rules should be followed at all times and by all people. When playing games, they are insistent that others follow the rules and they become furious when other children break or change the rules. He can’t let it go and just get back to playing. When his peers break minor school rules, he is the first and often only one to tattle. Unlike his peers who learned as early as kindergarten that you quickly become disliked if you tattle too much, Asperger’s Disorder children become the classroom and playground police.
While the Asperger’s Disorder child expects others to achieve perfection in following rules, he is unable to achieve this high standard himself. Asperger’s Disorder children and teens are usually not intentional rule breakers. However, their inability to tolerate and manage their frustration results in frequent rule infractions in the form of tantrums, outbursts, and defiance.
The good news about rule-bound thinking is that the Asperger’s Disorder child is less likely to engage in blatant breaking of rules such as stealing and lying when young. When he reaches adolescence he is less likely to engage in smoking, drinking, truancy, and delinquency.