Understanding the 5 Common Characteristics of HFA

11th July 2020

The Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) and High-Functioning Autism (HFA) are remarkable analyses with changes in different language growth, age of beginning, and the cognitive purpose. In the 1940s, Hans Asperger identified the Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). It is a subdivision within the autism spectrum in which the young learners show more important motor skill interruptions and compulsive interests, along with the speech interruptions. High-Functioning Autism (HFA) isn’t a sanctioned medical term or diagnosis.

Asperger’s is more noticeable in boys than in girls. An individual with high-functioning autism may have uncommon movement patterns. However, the Asperger’s Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism do have some important differences and knowing the differences can play a vital role in teaching the children with special educational needs.

Expressive Compassion

Compassion to emotions is a general subject for the people of the autism spectrum. These autism spectrum children may also have curiously penetrating emotional reactions compared to the rest of the people. They show the same work by doing again and again, like discussing the same subjects again and again in a discussion, obsessively playing the same song constantly and so on.

Speaking Oddities

Children with High-Functioning Autism (HFA) typically struggle with learning to speak, building terminologies, holding conversations with others as well. The children with High-Functioning Autism may also start talking much earlier than normal and often display an impressive vocabulary; however this is not confirmed yet. They sometimes may find conversations with other people boring or sometimes difficult to follow. Sometimes they also may avoid speaking with their peers. Numerous children with slight autism may simply seem unconventional throughout conversations because of the frequent interruptions or lack of focus on topics seem like oddities.

Slow Processing of Bodily Senses

Numerous children with High-Functioning Autism (HFA) have different kinds of sensory difficulties. Sometimes, they may find precise noises, tastes, smells, or feelings excruciating. Even the places like loud public places can lead to some expressive suffering as well. These issues can be troublesome and traumatic, but studies have showed that the autism symptoms can improve over time as children with mild autism study to regulate their own behaviour.


Children with high-functioning autism may find trouble in developing social relationships with others. A person with high-functioning autism may spend a huge amount of time talking about themselves only. This creates barriers in a conversation that makes it problematic.

Unfamiliar Movement Forms

Children with high-functioning autism may have some unusual movement patterns. Like the toe walking is a common movement ailment. The child may walk on their toes without putting much bodyweight on the other parts of the foot. This can result in pain in the feet from the disproportionate burden. The child may also experience more foot injuries, such as blisters, calluses, and corns on their toes.

Children with high-functioning autism may have monotonous and obstructive habits that seem strange to others. Like all children on the autism spectrum, children who are high functioning have a tough time in social interaction and communication. They don’t make much eye connection or prefer a small conversation. Understanding these symptoms will aid doctors and teaching specialists to provide the correct interventions and education too. Every child deserves equivalent prospect to feel safe and comfortable in their environment and the knowledge with these symptoms which can be learned through the SEN courses for teachers helps the teachers along with those taking up a professional course organize a better early treatment of a child with this condition.


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