Asperger’s syndrome is a condition on the autistic spectrum and is one of the milder and ‘higher functioning’ forms of autism. Like other conditions on the spectrum, Asperger’s describes a developmental disorder that renders an individual unable to fully understand social cues and potentially to struggle with communication more broadly.
Because Asperger’s is milder than Autism, it often goes undiagnosed and it can be a long time before it gets recognized – even in adults sometimes. This can make life unnecessarily difficult for those struggling with the condition as they are left without the help and support that they rightfully need and that can make education and careers significantly easier.
In this post, we will take a look at some of the most common symptoms of Asperger’s to look out for in yourself and others.
1. Inability to Pick Up on Subtle Social Cues
Most of us inherently understand a large range of unspoken social cues and we use these in order to navigate a wide range of different social situations. This is something that a person with Asperger’s syndrome might struggle with however and as such, they can sometimes be ostracized from a group or unintentionally cause offence.
For example, someone with Asperger’s might stand too close to another person during conversation and not recognize that this may be making them feel uncomfortable. They might also not pick up on cues that the conversational topic has changed and instead be insistent that they carry on talking about the thing that interests them. They might also speak over other people and have issues taking turns, or they might not notice cues that another person wishes to leave the group.