Asperger's symptoms range from very mild to the very severe. Although, the most prevalent sign of Asperger's is a great deal of difficulty in dealing with social situations.
Children with asperger's syndrome have normal language and they are very intelligent and because of this they would be able to lead a very normal life. Although social situations are very difficult for them, they'll usually make a greater attempt to interact and fit in with others.
As every case of Asperger's is different because of every kid being different, one set of Asperger's symptoms is not present in every kid. Asperger's symptoms usually present themselves when the child is quite young at approximately 3 to 4 years of age. This is the time in their lives where they might start preschool and be among other children socially.
Common Asperger's symptoms include:
1. The kid's requirement for schedule in his life. The Asperger's child becomes distraught when there is a change. He craves stability and thus routine is soothing to him.
2. Complexity in reading other individuals' body language. Its confusing to him, as he is uncertainty of the meaning of other words and actions. Social cues are not recognized recognized by the Asperger's kid.
3. The lack of understanding of other people's feelings.
4. Staring at others or to the other extreme, avoiding eye contact, as it makes him uncomfortable.
5. Focusing on one or just a couple of interests. He will then take that interest to the extreme and become “expert” on the topic. Many Asperger's kids are extremely intelligent and express interest in unusual topics that do not particularly interest other children in his age group.
6. Facial expressions are unique, as is their stance.
7. Lack of expression in speech or a monotone sounding speech pattern. Will usually misinterpret what others are saying, as recognizing the tone or pitch of other's voices is hard for them to distinguish. Might often take off at something someone says when none is intended.
8. Speech might be formal, unusual or advanced for the Asperger's kid.
9. Often speaks what is on his mind and will talk endlessly on certain subject matters. Tends to verbalize readily.
10. The child with Asperger's is often sensitive to light, sounds and fabric.
11. Motor development may be disturbed. Might be awkward in normal, day-to-day skills, like holding utensils or playing sports.
Having one or two of the above Asperger's symptoms is usually not a cause for concern. If the child exhibits most of the above symptoms with the addition of difficulty handling social situations then more information and help must be taken by a medical professional that can work with him on modifications in behavior, and other significant treatment.