I worked once with a child who was not diagnosed until he was in second grade. I can only tell you some of his symptoms. Aspergers syndrome usually, from my experience, is hard to detect. The child I worked with was VERY smart. They usually have a higher than average intelligence from what I can recall. But this kid was obssessed with two or theree topics and found a way, inappropriately, to always insert that into every conversaion. He did not have the ability to understand how other people feel - truly. He wasn't a bad kid. He was just self focused. He had some trouble socializing with other kids, not because he didn't want to socialize, he just didn't understand things like having others take a turn. Because he didn't get what they were feeling. A family member became sick and he was happy (agian not a bad kid - just a kid living with aspergers) b/c he got a lot of gifts.
at 2:15 PM on Dec. 15, 2008