A recent Yale study found that individuals with autism spectrum disorder traits are as good or even slightly better social psychologists than those who do not have traits of autism.
What are the signs of high functioning autism?
10 Symptoms of High-Functioning Autism
- Emotional Sensitivity.
- Fixation on Particular Subjects or Ideas.
- Linguistic Oddities.
- Social Difficulties.
- Problems Processing Physical Sensations.
- Devotion to Routines.
- Development of Repetitive or Restrictive Habits.
- Dislike of Change.
People with Asperger’s Syndrome* (AS) have a harder time in social situations, but they can get much better at them. They can be pretty far behind when they begin, and improvements may come slowly, but at least some people with AS will tell you they eventually managed to acquire a decent base of social competence.
Autism is not being socially awkward
It’s not awkwardness. Autistic people are often excellent at socialising with each other, where they can avoid eye contact, stim, avoid small talk, share information and rely on their own natural communication preferences.
What can mimic high functioning autism?
The conditions listed below all exhibit similar behavioral symptoms to autism spectrum disorder. Behavioral treatments for these conditions overlap with those of autism.
- Prader-Willi Syndrome.
- Angelman Syndrome.
- Rett Syndrome.
- Tardive Dyskinesia.
Differences in social interaction
People with Asperger syndrome often have difficulty ‘reading’ other people – recognising or understanding others’ feelings and intentions – and expressing their own emotions. This can make it very hard for them to navigate the social world.