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The 6 Characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome

by Lindsay Hutton

Has your child been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome? Read up on the characteristics of this disorder, so you can find strategies to cope with your child's behaviors.

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Difficulty with Reciprocal Social Interactions


Those with Asperger's syndrome display varying difficulties when interacting with others. Some children and adolescents have no desire to interact, while others simply do not know how. More specifically, they do not comprehend the give-and-take nature of social interactions. They may want to lecture you about the Titanic or they may leave the room in the midst of playing with another child. They do not comprehend the verbal and nonverbal cues used to further our understanding in typical social interactions. These include eye contact, facial expressions, body language, conversational turn-taking, perspective taking, and matching conversational and nonverbal responses to the interaction.

Use this printable checklist to determine your child's ability to socially interact.

Next: Impairments in Language Skills

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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