bloommt asks:

Is it normal for children with Aspergers to be overly concerned with touching themselves?

My niece's son, age 71/2 , diagnosed  with Aspergers, seems to be overly conerned with touching himself, etc. So much so that my niece had to take hime to her pediatrician because he had irritated himself so much. Is this a common behavior for an Asperger child?
In Topics: Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
> 60 days ago



Wayne Yankus
Mar 8, 2008
Subscribe to Expert

What the Expert Says:

it is very common for autistic spectrum children to perform repetitive behavior. touching yourself is one of the behaviors.  Since lack of social competence is part of the disorder, it would  not be unusual for this boy to lack the sense of inappropriateness in public.

They should discuss it with their pediatrician.  Sometimes offering another "prop" to keep him busy suffices to divert him from touching.

Wayne Yankus, MD, FAAP
expert panelist: pediatrics

Did you find this answer useful?
Answer this question


You are about to choose ${username}'s answer as the best answer.

Cancel | Continue

*You can change the best answer in the future if you think that you received a better answer

How likely are you to recommend to your friends and colleagues?

Not at all likely
Extremely likely