Asperger's Syndrome is a neurobiological disorder that can range from mild to severe. People with Asperger's have a normal IQ, and many exhibit exceptional skill or talent in a particular area. Weaknesses can be remediated with specific types of therapy. Adults with Asperger's can have friends, relationships, families and happy and productive lives.
People with Asperger's Syndrome have difficulty in social situations. They may have a hard time interacting with others. Some have no desire to interact, others don't know how. They have difficulty with verbal and non-verbal cues such as body language, eye contact, facial expressions and conversation.
Rigidity, repetitious behaviors, and obsessions are characteristics of people with Asperger's.
Clumsy and poorly coordinated movements as well as odd posture are commonly seen. Both gross and fine motor skills may present challenges.
People with Asperger's have a hard time showing empathy or sympathy towards others. They may say what they think without understanding the impact of their words on someone's feelings. Children with Asperger's have a difficult time engaging in imaginative play.
Language is how we communicate with one another. People with Asperger's are more likely to use language to share facts and information but are unable to share thoughts, feelings or emotions. Speech can also be impaired. Conversations seem more like rituals.
Many people with Asperger's have sensory issues. This can occur with one or more of the five senses (sight, taste, touch, smell or sound). They may over- or under-react to a sensation. For example, they may not be able to tolerate stiff clothing or bear a loud or unusual sound.