Autism and Asperger's Disease

By: Brooke Chrysty and Taylor Cohen

Symptoms of Autism

Autism is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts. Autism is a milder version of Asperger's. Autism appear in environmental factors and genetics. There are many symptoms of Autism, which range from mild to sever. They symptoms come from their behavior, speech, cognitive, muscular, psychological, and development. They change as the child gets older. Some symptoms of Autism is hard time communicating, not interested in playing or activities, and having a hard time paying attention. Teenagers usually have a hard time with puberty if they are autistic. Autistic teenagers are usually at a higher risk of developing problems related to anxiety, depression, and epilepsy. When a child is autistic you can usually tell with-in their first 3 years. Children can get better as they get older.
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Symptoms of Asperger's Disease

Asperger's Disease is developmental disorder affecting ability to effectively socialize and communicate. The main symptom is the lack of communication and trouble with social situations. Parents usually notice the symptoms when their child starts preschool and begins to interact with other children. Some other symptoms are not picking up on socials cues, disliking changes, lacking empathy, talk about the same thing repeatedly, can't focus and avoid eye contact. All children are different and two children that have this disease will not be the same.

Quotes Showing Traits of Syndrome Christopher exhibits

"My name is Christopher John Francis Boone. I know all the countries in the world and their capital cities and every prime number up to 7,057." (Haddon 2) In this quote Christopher is explaining what he is good at. Usually Autistic kids are very smart in some ways and Christopher is smart in Math and learning the countries of the world.

"I do not like people shouting at me. It makes me scared that they are going to hit me or touch me and I don't know what is going to happen." (Haddon 4) Christopher doesn't like anyone touching him or yelling at him. When a child is autistic they usually don't like when people touch or tell then what to do. That is one of the symptoms of Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

"Prime numbers is what is left when you have taken all the patterns away." (Haddon 15) Christopher likes prime numbers. Prime numbers make him happy because he understand them and is good at Math.

"It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty." (Haddon 13) Christopher is saying this because people are loud where he is and he is not able to focus. Christopher is very distracted when many things are going on. When Christopher gets distracted it starts to play with his brain and he can't focus. This shows us that he has Asperger's Disease.

"I got Siobhan to draw lots of these faces and then write down next to them exactly what they meant. I kept the piece of paper in my pocket and took it out when I didn't understand what someone was saying. But it was very difficult to decide which of the diagrams was most like the face they were making because people's faces move very quickly." (Haddon 3) Christopher has trouble figuring out people's feelings. Part of Asperger's is that the child or adult have difficulty understanding people's feelings are.