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Imagination – children with Asperger’s Syndrome

It would be wrong to say that these children with Asperger’s Syndrome have no imagination, if anything their imaginations appear to be different. Their imaginations can be very vivid as is born out of their really strong sometimes irrational fears.

A lot of children with Asperger’s Syndrome do not appear to engage in imaginative play. My daughter is unable to pretend to be another person, or to pretend that there is an imaginary person at the end of a play telephone.

This could be the result of being unable to see another persons perspective or point of view, as they believe that other people have the same thoughts and ideas that they have (this is called Theory of Mind)

My daughter has on occasion managed a tea party with a teddy, or “played” with a doll but these tend to be very odd stilted times that don’t appear to flow naturally.

These Asperger’s Syndrome children may lack creativity and play with Lego may simply be building a stack, my daughter will get the Lego box and ask us what we want her to make. She invariably lapses into building a tower anyway and once that is built the Lego gets put away.

Toy vehicles are lined up according to size and then put away.

Imagination   children with Aspergers Syndrome

Over the years she has found it hard fill her time and will get bored very easily.

Playing with her is frustrating for both our older children and for us parents; as she wants to control games and will get very angry if a game is not played her way.

Other children may play imaginatively, it may be the same scenario each time, and other children may become fed up long before your child does if they are involved in playing the games.

She tends to be repetitive, and lacks creativity, in her case pictures are mostly drawn the same: a house with a garden that has a tree and a snail and flower. For a while she will draw that, say for a month or two, then it will change to another picture.

Some children may play with one or a few particular toys that they have a strong interest in; for instance Thomas The Tank Engine.

My daughter’s interests change every couple of months; she will play obsessively with one item say puzzles, then she will not touch those again but will move to something else, usually there is a difficult transition time until she finds another interest. Not all children follow this pattern however, as you know, each child is very different.

My daughter finds stories hard to understand unless they are factual.

Most of these children can be quite literal in their thinking and use of language, My daughter sees thing in black and white, there are rarely any grey areas.