Christopher Boone Asperger's Syndrome

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Does Christopher Boone have Asperger’s Syndrome?

Although the author, Mark Haddon, makes a point to never explain Christopher’s condition, it is very clear that he has some form of developmental disorder. Based on the details given in the novel, I have determined that Christopher has Asperger’s Syndrome. Asperger’s is considered a Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorder that delays the development of many basic skills, especially those related to communication and socialization (WebMD). His hatred of being touched, inability to read human emotions, detestation for the colors brown and yellow, exceptional understanding of mathematics, and need for a schedule or ritual, among other characteristics, are all common symptoms
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Christopher detests the colors yellow and brown. People say that Chris is just being silly when he says that he hates those colors, but he responds by saying that at least he has a reason to hate the specific things that he does (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time 85). Heightened senses seem to be a pretty standard characteristic of Asperger’s Syndrome although it does differ case by…show more content…
Many of the symptoms and behaviors that Chris exhibits are also common in a variety of Asperger’s patients. There is some discrepancy about what Chris’ condition is because Mark Haddon never explicitly stated an answer, but it seems that the reader’s popular consensus is Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, or something along those lines. Not long after the book was released, Haddon did reveal what Christopher would have if he had been diagnosed; In a June 2003 interview with National Public Radio 's Terry Gross on her program Fresh Air, Haddon said that Christopher, "If he were diagnosed, would be diagnosed as having Asperger 's syndrome…” (NPR)

Works
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Bondy, Andy, PhD, and Lori Frost, MS, CCC-SLP. "Teaching Children to Understand Changes in Routines - Autism Asperger 's Digest." Autism Aspergers Digest. N.p., 28 June 2012. Web. 23 Nov. 2015.
"Families of Adults Affected by Asperger 's Syndrome." Families of Adults Affected By Aspergers Syndrome. N.p., n.d. Web.

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