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What Are The Aspergers Symptoms In Kids And Adults? – Overview

I have been researching more and more about pervasive developmental disorders since I found out that one my cousin’s son is showing Aspergers Symptoms. It is a little nerve wrecking because genetics is one of the main causes of it and I wanted to make sure all my kids, my brothers’ kids are fine. I was so obsessed with it that my family worried about it and had to interfere to calm me.

Aspergers Symptoms In Children:
Here’s what I have understood a little bit about the disorder and am sharing it in simple words here.

  • Even as infants, kids with asperger’s syndrome find it hard to achieve the simple milestones like trying to communicate via mumbling etc.
  • They avoid eye contacts, cannot walk unassisted unlike other kids without this disorder, etc.
  • They do not react to auditory stimulus, and avoid looking at the person trying to speak to them.
  • Their body posture is odd and so are their facial expressions.
  • They do not smile back at people.
  • Unlike autism, children with asperger’s syndrome do not experience delayed language and can learn the native language before they reach 3 years.
  • As young kids they dislike changes.
  • They do not understand the social interaction rules and do not like to take turns when someone is talking to them.
  • They are intelligent children and use words that are advanced to their age.
  • They have a weird way of walking and are not good with their motor skills. Self care, using cutlery, tying laces, etc are hard for them.
  • They find it hard to play with others, enjoy games that are interactive in nature, and so on.
  • They are overtly reactive to certain sounds, clothes, touch, smell, and other sensory inputs.
  • Socially withdrawn, they prefer being alone, and avoid people.
  • They do not initiate new things and are happy doing the same thing everyday.
  • They have very narrowed interests and do not explore other hobbies.
  • They speech is monotonous, full of repetitions of a few words, and phrases.
  • They are very reserved, shy, trusting, and naïve.
  • They are not good with multitasking and can focus only on one thing.

In Adults:

  • With age, the symptoms of the disorder are more stabilized. They are more in control of themselves and can take care of themselves.
  • The brain of these adults and kids is designed in such a way that they do not pay attention to other people’s emotions, feelings and sentiments. For this, they are labeled as arrogant, rude, selfish, etc.
  • They do not understand the non-verbal language, or can understand the gestures.
  • They take words and spoken language literally and fail to read in between the lines or analyse the contextual meaning.
  • They are obsessed with details and usually end up being experts of the work that interests them.
  • They prefer to talk only about their work and do not care if the other person is interested or not.
  • Their memory is very sharp, intelligence average, but they are brilliant in their work.
  • For them friendship with new people is difficult and they generally prefer to keep it to themselves.
  • Their social interactions and life is marred by the lack of basic pragmatics.
  • When they are forcibly involved in a conversation they end up doing only small talks and do not indulge in lengthy conversations.
  • They have trouble controlling their tantrums, emotions, and anger.
  • Following the same routing makes them feel secure and do not like any changes introduced to it.
  • It is hard for them to understand other people’s opinions and views and need visual aids to follow them.

These aspergers symptoms should help people like me who are concerned if one of their family kid’s or a member is affected by this disorder. If there is even a slightest suspicion then it is better to consult a pediatrician or a therapist to overrule the doubt or start the treatment.

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