Symptoms during childhood continued...
A child with one or two of these symptoms does not
necessarily have Asperger's syndrome. To be diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome,
a child must have a combination of these symptoms and significant trouble with
Although the condition is in some ways
autism, a child with Asperger's syndrome typically has
normal language and intellectual development. Also, those with Asperger's
syndrome typically make more of an effort than those with autism to make
friends and engage in activities with others.
Symptoms during adolescent and teen years
symptoms persist through the teen years. And although teens with Asperger's can
begin to learn those social skills they lack, communication often remains
difficult. They will probably continue to have difficulty "reading" others'
Your teen with Asperger's syndrome (like other teens)
will want friends but may feel shy or intimidated when approaching other teens.
He or she may feel "different" from others. Although most teens place emphasis
on being and looking "cool," teens with Asperger's may find it frustrating and
emotionally draining to try to fit in. They may be immature for their age and
be naive and too trusting, which can lead to teasing and bullying.
All of these difficulties can cause teens with Asperger's to become
withdrawn and socially isolated and to have
some teens with Asperger's syndrome are able to make and keep a few close
friends through the school years. Some of the classic Asperger's traits may
also work to the benefit of your teen. Teens with Asperger's are typically
uninterested in following social norms, fads, or conventional thinking,
allowing creative thinking and the pursuit of original interests and goals.
Their preference for rules and honesty may lead them to excel in the classroom
and as citizens.
Symptoms in adulthood
Asperger's syndrome is a lifelong condition,
although it tends to stabilize over time, and improvements are often seen.
Adults usually have a better understanding of their own strengths and
weaknesses. They are able to learn social skills, including how to read others' social
cues. Many people with Asperger's syndrome marry and have children.
Some traits that are typical of Asperger's syndrome, such as attention to
detail and focused interests, can increase chances of university and career
success. Many people with Asperger's seem to be fascinated with technology, and
a common career choice is engineering. But scientific careers are by no means
the only areas where people with Asperger's excel. Indeed, many respected
historical figures have had symptoms of Asperger's, including Wolfgang Amadeus
Mozart, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Thomas Jefferson.