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Do all people people with aspergers syndrome have to have a specific routine that they have to stick too?

13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Griggs
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: This is more common

amongst Aspergers people, but not a sine qua non.
Aspergers folks tend to get way more into less and less subjects and activities, usually to the relative exclusion of social interactions. On the surface this may look like over-routinization, but could be that they are compensating their anxiety about social contacts. Sticking to a routine also lowers anxiety (establishes certainty, etc.).

In brief: This is more common

amongst Aspergers people, but not a sine qua non.
Aspergers folks tend to get way more into less and less subjects and activities, usually to the relative exclusion of social interactions. On the surface this may look like over-routinization, but could be that they are compensating their anxiety about social contacts. Sticking to a routine also lowers anxiety (establishes certainty, etc.).
Dr. Steven Griggs
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Dr. Richard Zimon
'Structuring" decreases anxiety among Aspergers people thus they tend to "self structure"! This may be taken for exclusion of social interactions.
Dr. Marcie Berman
Clinical Psychology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Everyone different

While many people with Aspberger's Syndrome are more comfortable with a specific routine to stick to, flexibility depends on the individual in question and the severity of their disorder. As with most illnesses , Aspberger's , as well as all people diagnosed on the spectrum, there is great variability.
As with all people, individual differences play a large role in behavior and personality.

In brief: Everyone different

While many people with Aspberger's Syndrome are more comfortable with a specific routine to stick to, flexibility depends on the individual in question and the severity of their disorder. As with most illnesses , Aspberger's , as well as all people diagnosed on the spectrum, there is great variability.
As with all people, individual differences play a large role in behavior and personality.
Dr. Marcie Berman
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Rigid and routinized

People with Asperger's disorder tend to be rigid and have routine approaches to doing tasks.
While they feel comfortable about their routines, they are not necessarily inflexible.

In brief: Rigid and routinized

People with Asperger's disorder tend to be rigid and have routine approaches to doing tasks.
While they feel comfortable about their routines, they are not necessarily inflexible.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Beverly Dexter
Clinical Psychology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Aspergers

No, it is a complex disorder, now listed in the Autism Spectrum, but often a clear routine will help them. This is a specialty area in Psychology and should be seen by someone with a Fellowship or considerable experience.
Working with the family and/or social support network of the person is critical so that people have realistic expectations-there is a wide range of levels of functioning in Aspe

In brief: Aspergers

No, it is a complex disorder, now listed in the Autism Spectrum, but often a clear routine will help them. This is a specialty area in Psychology and should be seen by someone with a Fellowship or considerable experience.
Working with the family and/or social support network of the person is critical so that people have realistic expectations-there is a wide range of levels of functioning in Aspe
Dr. Beverly Dexter
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