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Asperger's Disorder/High Functioning Autism 

Autism: What is it?

  • Neurological dysfunction in information processing
  • Difference in cognition or thinking
  • Difficulties understanding the world
  • Difficulties interacting with others
  • Normal intellectual functioning
  • Inability to turn thoughts into written work (processing not fine motor)
  • Helplessness in reading/interpreting nonverbal behaviors
  • Inability to maintain attention to more than one thing: listening and taking notes
  • Use of language as a monologue, not social interaction

What does it look like?

  • Difficulty initiating and sustaining individual and group discussions
  • Poor quality eye contact
  • Problems understanding personal space
  • Restricted interests that may be unusual and rigid
  • Unusual speech intonation, volume, rhythm and/or rate
  • Literal understanding of language
  • Redundant and repetitive writing style
  • Difficulties accepting another’s point of view
  • Trouble seeing the “big picture”
  • Poor organizational and time management skills

Also see Academic Tips for Asperger's and High Functioning Autism