For some reason, I’ve been thinking about Asperger’s Syndrome, (an Autism Spectrum Disorder), quite possibly due to the Sandy Hook tragedy last month. One symptom of Asperger’s is shying away from human contact, due to inadequate social skills. Individuals with Asperger’s are also highly intelligent. I’m sure alot of people with Asperger’s are readers and are also quite proficient on computers and other technology (no actual human contact).
Other symptoms include:
- Eccentric or repetitive behaviors: Children with this condition may develop odd, repetitive movements, such as hand wringing or finger twisting.
- Unusual preoccupations or rituals: A child with Asperger’s syndrome may develop rituals that he or she refuses to alter, such as getting dressed in a specific order.
- Communication difficulties: People with Asperger’s syndrome may not make eye contact when speaking with someone. They may have trouble using facial expressions and gestures, and understanding body language. They also tend to have problems understanding language in context.
- Limited range of interests: A child with Asperger’s syndrome may develop an intense, almost obsessive, interest in a few areas, such as sports schedules, weather, or maps.
- Coordination problems: The movements of children with Asperger’s syndrome may seem clumsy or awkward.
- Skilled or talented: Many children with Asperger’s syndrome are exceptionally talented or skilled in a particular area, such as music or math.
You can find out more about Asperger’s by clicking here: http://www.aspergers.com/