Some Symptoms & Characteristics
Here are some characteristics you may find helpful in your quest
for information, although some of these characteristics do not
apply to everyone, because some cases of Aspergers are not as
extreme as others, and some more extreme, it is always best to
get a diagnosis from a professional in the field of Autism. We
offer the information we do at Support4hope, not as a diagnosis,
but purely for educational purposes only, and we hope you find
it helpful. Some characteristics may not be as complex, some more
than what we have listed here, this is just a little bit of general
information we have obtained through our research on this topic.
- Difficulty in accepting criticism and/or being corrected.
- Strongly like, or strongly dislike certain things, for example,
- Acting in a somewhat immature manner.
- Excessive talking.
- Difficulty in correcting someone else for mistakes without
appearing to be insensitive or harsh.
- Sometimes appearing shy and withdrawn, but willing to speak
when spoken to.
- Clumsiness and balancing difficulties.
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Sarcastic, negative, emotionally numb, very criticizing.
- Low or no participation in conferences, group meetings, etc.
- Great concern about personal working area.
- Problems addressing others due to issues with trust.
- Intense concern for privacy
- Difficultly in distinguishing intimate relationships from
- Difficulty working as a "team."
- Low to no sense of humor.
- Writing lists to stay on schedule when things get hectic.
- Very weird sense of humor, sometimes not found very humorous
- Lacking in ability to greet others in a warm and friendly
- Uneasiness with completing a project for fear of failure.
- Lacking in ability to show compassion, sympathy and sincere
- Shows little or no reaction when being criticized or patronized.
- Difficulty accepting compliments.
- Difficulty maintaining eye contact.
- Difficulty starting projects.
- Interrupting in the middle of a conversation.
- Extreme reaction to a schedule change or routine.
- Repetitive behaviors, and if the step-by-step scheduled routine
is interrupted it causes confusion and sometimes anger.
- Certain preferences of personal items, such as always picking
the same clothes in stores when making a new purchase, using
the same blanket, not wanting to throw away a particular pair
- Easily manipulated.
- Lacking initiation when in groups.
- Not being able to determine public and personal and public
hygiene, for instance, someone may pick their nose, clean their
ears in front of others without realizing most people do not
do those things in public areas.
- Very verbal, blunt.
- Raising of voice during stressful and frustrating situations.
- Difficulty hiding true emotions such as anger and sadness.
- Lacking in the ability to relax from activities.
- Verbalizing strongly on likes and dislikes.
- No interest in tasks that doesn't draw personal interest.
- Almost always totally serious.
- Difficulty in determining how someone else would feel given
the same situation.
- Quick tempered.
- Having a different way of playing games with others, and
is sometimes taken the wrong way.
- Fixating on really bad or really good experiences.
- Difficulty with constant anxiety, worried about performance
and being accepted, despite commendation and special recogntion.
- Limits one's self with pursued interests without thinking
of other things that can be explored.
- Confusion during stress.
- Repetitive simple routines.
- Nail biting, fidgeting nervousness and anxiety.
- Strong sensitivity to sound, light some tastes, odors and
- Difficulty expressing emotion.
- A need for finishing one task before starting another.
- Difficulty in determining time limits.
- Constantly asking of questions.
- Difficulty with negotiation.
- Does things without thinking them out well first, or considering
- Mental shutdown, or total burst of anger when "pinned
in the corner" so to speak.
- Often viewed as vulnerable by not responding when being harassed
by classmates or co-workers.
- Difficulty concentrating to write essays, reports etc.
- Difficulty talking to classmates or co-workers as "pals."
- Very low assertiveness in topics not interested in.
- Very easily distracted.
- Self injuring behaviors.
- Difficulty in starting or changing conversations.
- Thinking on a "one track mind" type basis.
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