Asperger syndrome was generally considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Motor development may be delayed, leading to clumsiness or uncoordinated motor movements. Compared with those affected by other forms of ASD, however, those with Asperger syndrome do not have significant delays or difficulties in language or cognitive development. Some even demonstrate precocious vocabulary – often in a highly specialized field of interest.
The following behaviors are often associated with Asperger syndrome. However, they are seldom all present in any one individual and vary widely in degree:
- Limited or inappropriate social interactions
- “robotic” or repetitive speech
- Challenges with nonverbal communication (gestures, facial expression, etc.) coupled with average to above average verbal skills
- Tendency to discuss self rather than others
- Inability to understand social/emotional issues or nonliteral phrases
- Lack of eye contact or reciprocal conversation
- Obsession with specific, often unusual, topics
- One-sided conversations
- Awkward movements and/or mannerisms
Statistics show that boys are nine times more likely than girls to have Asperger’s Syndrome.
At Sunshine Butterflies we are committed to creating a positive and inclusive environment for individuals and their families living with Asperges. We offer assistance to families by providing resources, advocacy and a range of programs and support groups, if you would like further information on how Sunshine Butterflies can further support you, please feel free to contact us.