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Mental Health Concerns
doesn’t understand other people’s emotions
difficulty managing own emotions
interrupts the speaker; attempts to monopolize
becomes tangential in answering questions
engages in self-stimulating behavior (rocking, tapping,
playing with “stress toys”)
poor self care (eating, sleeping, appearance, or hygiene)
rigid fixation on certain concepts, objects, patterns,
actions (e.g., music, art, math, science)
reacts to sensory assault; unable to filter out offensive
lights, sounds, smells, tastes, touch
may be argumentative
stalking behavior
Associated features/comorbidity:
motor clumsiness, fine-motor impairment, dysgraphia
difficulty with visual processing, dyslexia
deficits in organizing and planning (“meta-cognitive”
Attention-Deficit Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
When in distress, a student with AS may miss classes or