The classic Asperger characteristic is an obsessive interest in a single topic or object to the exclusion of any other. Another common Asperger characteristic is a high level of vocabulary. Other Asperger characteristics include formal speech patterns, repetitive routines or rituals, problems with nonverbal communication, and uncoordinated motor movements.
Asperger Characteristic: An OverviewThe most distinguishing Asperger characteristic is a child's obsessive interest in a single object or topic to the exclusion of any other. Children with Asperger syndrome want to know everything about their topic of interest, and their conversations with others will be about little else. Another Asperger characteristic is high level of vocabulary and formal speech patterns.
Children with Asperger syndrome often exhibit expertise, a high level of vocabulary, and formal speech patterns.
- Repetitive routines or rituals
- Peculiarities in speech and language
- Socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior (and the inability to interact successfully with peers)
- Problems with nonverbal communication
- Clumsy and uncoordinated motor movements.
Children exhibiting Asperger characteristics are often isolated because of their poor social skills and narrow interests. They may approach other people, but make normal conversation impossible by inappropriate or eccentric behavior, or by wanting only to talk about their singular interest.
Asperger Characteristic: Motor Development DelayChildren with Asperger syndrome usually have a history of developmental delays in motor skills such as pedaling a bike, catching a ball, or climbing outdoor play equipment. They are often awkward and poorly coordinated, with a walk that can appear either stilted or bouncy.