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Adult Asperger’s: The Relief of A Diagnosis
Asperger Syndrome checklist: Gifted Adult's Inventory of Aspergerisms
Your child might display just a few, several, or all the signature behaviors. They may not recognize when someone is uncomfortable, disinterested, or offended. For example, he or she might be able to recite different types of flowers or sports statistics. But, they do have specific language behaviors that set them apart. They may speak in a very monotone or rhythmic manner, with a loud voice. While some excel academically, others might struggle. They might have trouble with simple activities, such as catching a ball or swinging on monkey bars at a playground.
While those with moderate to severe autism may be easy to diagnose, it has only been in recent years that the spectrum has been developed and individuals with less severe symptoms have been diagnosed. Individuals who have high-functioning autism, also referred to as Asperger's may have eluded diagnosis as their symptoms may have come across as simply poor social development rather than pointing to an underlying developmental disorder. If you are just learning about Asperger's and believe that you have it or someone in your family may have it, you may have a lot of questions about the disorder. Do you feel like you make a lot of social gaffs or often feel out of place around others? Many Asperger's adults report feelings of loneliness, being misunderstood, or just being different from others.
GAIA lists Aspergoid features in gifted adults. Determine your score below. Check each of the 54 items you feel applies to you and click the button to see how many you checked. There is also a Netherlandic version of this questionnaire.