Asperger syndrome is a condition that occurs within the autism spectrum. Although it was previously considered its own diagnosis, Asperger’s is now classified as a high-functioning autism diagnosis. Patients who are diagnosed with Asperger syndrome are often diagnosed as children or teenagers, although it is possible to reach adulthood without a proper diagnosis. Treatment typically includes a combination of behavioral, speech, and psychological therapies, along with medication. However, before proper treatment can begin, an accurate diagnosis is needed. If you notice any combination of these signs, you should talk to your pediatrician about whether your child may have Asperger syndrome.
1. Lack of Social Awareness
Those with Asperger syndrome are often unable to pick up on social cues around them. This means that they may fail to laugh at or recognize nuances like sarcasm or humor, and often seem out of step with the conversation. Someone with Asperger syndrome may make comments that are inappropriate for the situation, or they may continue a conversation past the socially acceptable point, even if other participants signal that they are disinterested or uncomfortable. This behavior occurs not out of intentional rudeness, but because Asperger patients are unable to recognize behavioral and verbal cues that help us to conduct ourselves in social situations.