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Mental Health Concerns
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be quite disturbed by changes in familiar and expected
routines, whether in or outside the classroom. While
everyone is different, students with AS may exhibit deficits in
one or more domains of language and communication and
interpersonal behavior.. Common characteristics of
individuals with AS are:
Language/communication:
very literal—doesn’t understand metaphors, idioms,
hyperbole
doesn’t get jokes, nuance, subtleties of language
uses odd phrases
doesn’t understand gestures, facial expressions, or voice
tones/inflection
difficulty modulating own voice (often loud)
difficulty understanding instructions (but may appear to
understand)
talks about what s/he knows, usually facts
Social interaction:
difficulty making eye contact
seems distant or detached
finds it difficult to make friends, prefers to spend time
alone
difficulty initiating, maintaining and ending a conversation
doesn’t understand social norms, mores, cues or concept
of personal space