I often find it difficult to find just what I am looking for in the autism world. I may be looking for a research study and be sent surfing the web… or in this case, looking for a checklist of symptoms and find the criteria for diagnosis ( which is tedious to say the least). Well, I found this great checklist at www.lovetoknow.com on Aspergers. This is a list of Social behaviors that you may encounter with asperges.
Basic Aspergers ChecklistThere is a certain set of symptoms common to Aspergers. However, each case of Aspergers is unique and not everyone experiences the same combination of symptoms. Here is a basic checklist to help you identify Asperger symptoms:
Social Interaction Difficulties
A person with Aspergers may have difficulty with the following aspects of social interaction:
- General social skills: She wants to socialize with others but does not understand how to interact.
- Relating to others: She does not understand other’s emotions or social responses accurately in a group situation. She may not understand if an activity or conversation is boring or upsetting to another person.
- Difficulty playing with others: She may not understand how to initiate play with her peers or how to play by common social rules. For example, she may take a ball from a group of children playing a game without asking to join the game first. She will not return the ball if they ask for the ball back because she does not understand the negative reaction.
- Problems with two-way conversation: She has trouble with initiating and maintaining a two-way conversation. She may appear to talk at someone than with them. Conversation topics may focus on an obsessive interest. She speaks inappropriately such as talking too loudly or softly.
- Inability to understand common social cues: She may not comprehend common social cues such as facial expressions, body language or gestures.
- Rigid range of interests for social interaction: She will only engage in a narrow range of activities or talk about certain subjects.
- Inappropriate responses: She may behave or respond to social situations in an unusual or inappropriate manner. For example, an affected person may laugh at something sad.
I often find that families run from diagnois, fearing that it is really just a label. For those of us with children on the spectrum, we can tell you that diagnois is about getting the services and understanding that your child needs. You need only read stories of adults, never properly diagnosed to know what life is like being misunderstood by everyone. I hope this list may be of benefit to you.