Presently there is no clear answer as to the best way to handle special interests. Two schools of thought exist. One is to try to decrease the interest, and the second is to allow the interest to improve the child’s life.
Professionals who find interests to be problematic view the child’s life and world experience as restricted and believe that the child needs to be exposed to other interests. They suggest that the child’s favorite interest be limited in time so that he has no choice but to find something else to occupy his time. Purposeful exposure to other interests is suggested in the hope that the child will find other things that he likes. No research yet exists to tell us whether or not this is a good idea.
Another approach is to view the special interest as a unique trait, not as something to be fixed. Many parents report that their Asperger’s Disorder child is happiest when engaged in his interest. Countless adults have turned their childhood interest into a career or a lifelong hobby and source of pleasure.
The general consensus of professionals is to allow for the special interest while also exposing Asperger’s Disorder children and teens to other potential interests.