Not all Asperger’s Disorder children are affected in school by their special interest. They are able to keep their talk and play limited to the playground and at home. Some, however, have difficulty keeping their special interest out of their minds during school. They may attempt to inject their special interest into class discussions regardless of the topic at hand. They monopolize class discussions, ask endless questions of the teacher, and have trouble shifting to a new topic.
Resistance to learning other subjects may come in outright refusal, procrastination, or poor effort. Some may lack respect for their teacher’s knowledge and seem to have no hesitancy in pointing out the teacher’s inaccuracies. They may try to take over the lesson and attempt to lecture to the teacher and the class about their interest.
Social problems can occur as the result of special interests. Their Asperger’s Disorder child’s advanced vocabulary and factual knowledge about their special interest can give the impression of being a know-it-all. Peers may also find it tiresome to hear about the same topic over and over, and therefore are unlikely to choose the Asperger’s Disorder child as a playmate.