Aspergers in Christopher's life

How this disease affects him.

By Maribel Pagan, Natalie Morales, and Angelina Zanfardino

Children with Asperger's may have a formal style of speaking that is advanced for their age.

"My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries of the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057." (Haddon, 2)

Here, rather than introducing himself with just his name, Christopher tells about extremely difficult tasks that he enjoys doing in his free time.

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The child may not understand a joke or may take a sarcastic comment literally

"This will not be a funny book. I cannot tell jokes because I do not understand them." (Haddon, 8)
"I don't like it when Rhodri laughs at me. Rhodri laughs at me a lot. Father says it is being friendly." (Haddon, 67)

These two quotes demonstrate the inability that Christopher has when it comes to understanding jokes. He comes out and says that he does not understand them, and he can not tell the difference between Rhodri joking around with him and Rhodri laughing at him

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The child may dislike any changes in routines

"And I like timetables because I like to know when everything is going to happen." (Haddon 155)

Christopher likes having things in order. He always likes to know what is going to happen because he wants to always be prepared. He follows strict schedules down to the minute on a daily basis.

KIds with aspergers are use to things repating they repeat their words and motions and when something in their life becomes unrepetitive they don't understand and it causes them tantrums

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These kids may Talk a lot, usually about a favorite subject. One-sided conversations are common.

"But I do like murder mystery novels. So I am writing a murder mystery novel." (Haddon, 5)
"Then the police arrived. I like the police. They have uniforms and numbers and you know what they are meant to be doing." (Haddon, 6)

Christopher does not under the 'some things are better left unsaid' concept. He will tell you about something into drastic details about one subject and move onto the next subject doing the exact same thing.

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The child may have heightened sensitivity and become overstimulated by loud noises, lights, or strong tastes or textures

"I do not like people shouting at me. It makes me scared that they are going to hit me or touch me and I do not know what is going to happen." (Haddon, 4)
"I put my hands over my ears and closed my eyes and rolled forward till I was hunched up with my forehead pressed into the grass. The grass was wet and cold. It was nice." (Haddon, 4)

Christopher can only focus on one thing into depth at a time. His brain has a difficult time multitasking. Whenever he becomes overstimulated, he panicks and shuts down.

Kids with aspergers can't fous on two things at once so when two things come it shocks them

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