Autism and Asperger's Disease
By: Brooke Chrysty and Taylor Cohen
Symptoms of Autism
Symptoms of Asperger's Disease
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.