Does my son have Asperger's or something similar?
From your post it does sound very probable doesn't it.
It sounds like academically he is doing well.
Are you confident the school he is in will be able to support him in lessons and during playtime or unstructured free time?
As he can read, lists and itinerarys are going to help organise him.
Regarding his speech, it sounds like he may have Semantic Pragmatic Speech Disorder. Google this to see if it fits. He takes language literally. He doesn't understand sarcasm or some types of humour. He isn't being rude. He is just taking the language literally, so when the teacher asked how many good children are there in this class, he just turned round and counted the good ones!
As he is covering his ears, cannot ride a bike or use a knife and fork etc, I think you should google Sensory Integration Disorder. This is something that can affect any or all of the senses. It can cause them to be under or over sensitive, or flutuate between the two. My son is also hyper sensitive to noise or sudden unpredictable noise. Yet at other times he is okay with noise, and goes to a drum club. If he cannot screen out background noise he retreats into himself and appears deaf.
Has your son ever repeated words/phrases from TV or films or things he has heard other people say?
If you are looking for a diagnosis you need to have a Speech and Language Therapist assess all aspects of his speech and social interaction skills. This will include the above Semantic Pragmatic Disorder, Auditory processing and Auditory Memory skills as well as assessing his Receptive and Expressive language as there is usually a big difference in their ability to speak versus their understanding of what is said.
If he has problems organising , planning, sequencing etc, or does not understant 'time' then google Executive Function Disorder.
You also need an Educational/Clincial Psychologist to assess his cognitive skills, and an Occupational Therapist to assess his sensory perceptual problems.
You are already aware of his strengths and weaknesses. Children with Aspergers usually need extra help during playtime so that they aren't bullied. This might involve joining dinner time clubs such as a computer club, library club etc. He should also be involved in a Social Skills group that the school should put together with the help of the SALT and EP.
If he is doing so well, he will probably go onto great things, because he will be motivated through his interests to follow a career in that area. But he will need help and support for the other 'stuff' that other children just do naturally, but which he will have to rote learn and apply in his day to day life. Read More At : ...