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Your Asperger Child: The Reasons Behind the Behavior

Behavioral Manifestations of Anxiety
  • Reacting poorly to new events, transitions, or changes.

  • Becoming easily overwhelmed and having difficulty calming down.

  • Demonstrating unusual fears, anxiety, tantrums, and showing resistance to directions from others.

  • Having a narrow range of interests, and becoming fixated on certain topics and/or routines.

  • Insisting on having things and/or events occur in a certain way.

  • Creating their own set of rules for doing something.

  • Preferring to do the same things over and over.

  • Wanting things to go their way, when they want them to, no matter what anyone else may want. They may argue, throw a tantrum, ignore you, growl, refuse to yield, etc.

  • Having trouble playing and socializing well with peers or avoiding socializing altogether. They prefer to be alone because others do not do things exactly as they do.

  • Lecturing others or engaging in a monologue rather than having a reciprocal conversation.

  • Eating a narrow range of foods.

  • Intensely disliking loud noises and crowds.

  • Demanding unrealistic perfection in their handwriting, or wanting to avoid doing any writing.

  • Tending to conserve energy and put forth the least effort they can, except with highly preferred activities.

  • Remaining in a fantasy world a good deal of the time and appearing unaware of events around them.

  • Displaying a good deal of silly behaviors because they are anxious or do not know what to do in a situation.


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From Parenting Your Asperger Child by Alan Sohn, Ed.D., and Cathy Grayson, M.A. Copyright 2005. Used by arrangement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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