Asperger’s syndrome is a kind of pervasive developmental disorder, or PDD. A PDD combines a number of symptoms and conditions that result in the delaying of the development of normal human skills. Largely, the skills affected are social skills, and the ability to communicate with others.
Asperger’s manifests in lots of different ways, and not everyone will display exactly the same symptoms. Of course, it will involve the delaying of some skills, but some people might experience severe delays of one skill and no delays of another.
Technically, Asperger’s is a part of the autism spectrum, and a child diagnosed with Asperger’s will do better at school than a child diagnosed with autism.
If you have a child that has some developmental problems, or you think that some of your behaviour could be the result of a condition, be sure to check out the following common symptoms of Asperger’s. If you do have the condition, you might experience a few of these symptoms but not the others. Generally just one symptom will not be a good enough sign that you have the condition, but if you tick a few of the following boxes, it might be worth considering that you have Asperger’s – and, if you have serious concerns, you should speak to your doctor.
1. Difficulty creating friendships
If you or your loved one has difficulty making friends from a young age, then it’s possible that Asperger’s is playing a part in this problem. This is the classic symptom of Asperger’s, as it stops a person from connecting with their peers by delaying the development of social skills.
Someone with Asperger’s will find it particularly difficult to maintain conversation or participate in group activity at school and in social situations.
2. Bad motor skills
Motor skills can also be affected by Asperger’s. Some people who have the condition will find it difficult to do things that require precision, like writing in neat handwriting, sewing, etc.
This will be noticeable throughout childhood, as hand-eye coordination is learned quite quickly. However, you should be aware that poor motor skills doesn’t necessarily mean you have Asperger’s, it is merely one of many symptoms.