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Does your loved one have Aspergers Syndrome? (ASD Level 1)

This checklist provides general indicators of the behaviours observed in children, young people and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. Each person is different and very few will exhibit all of these characteristics. Challenges to unusual functioning ability may be present in the following areas:

Social & Emotional Developmental Skills

Communication Skills

Cognitive Skills

Specific Interest

Movement Skills

Traits of Aspergers Syndrome

  • feel 'different' from their peers

  • may struggle in social situations, often operate by acting in accordance to learned rules rather than intuitively.

  • much better in 'one on one' - increasing the number of people increases stress.

  • often have Central Auditory Processing problems, may take extra time to take in and understand another's speech. * not so good at "small talk"

  • lose Train of thought if interupted while speaking

  • tend to use spohisticated language from their peers

  • often better at formulating ideas in written form than in speech.

  • find solitutude restorative

  • value intellignece and logic — need to have a reason for doing things in a particular way

  • do not value or find emotions informative

  • are natural specialists - become expert in their areas in which they have interest, retaining details easy but have difficulty memorising general information in which they have little interest in.

  • can speak knowledgeably and at length about topics in which they have an interest, but are not good at picking up cues their audience might give that they are no longer interested.

  • make good accountants, engineers, IT and computer specialists. * tend to perform at the extremes of cognitive ability - hyperlexic, dyslexic

  • appreciate order - tend to create systems to manage information and items.

  • are able to notice connections that others overlook, so can be very creative e.g designing equipment.

  • often have above average visual reasoning skills

  • find multitasking difficult

  • learn best through self tuition

  • are easily distracted , but can be 'hyperfocused'

  • are perfectionists - dislike making mistakes

  • can be pedantic about others complying with the 'rules' (manners & grammar)

  • notice details — make very good proof readers

  • struggle with everyday organisation

  • tend to be slow and thorough workers and are not good at assessing how long a task will take, so are often late for deadlines

  • are better at solo sports than team sports, especially if skill can be perfected by dedicated practice * often have poor handwriting

  • often very good with animals

  • very musical and sometimes pitch perfect.

  • often very good at drama

  • are often night owls

  • are often really good in a crisis situation.

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