From imdb.com: "Despite the fact that some viewers take Sheldon's behavior, mannerisms, and social skills as a sign that Sheldon has Asperger's Syndrome or otherwise falls on the "Autism spectrum," the show-runners have persistently denied in many interviews that Sheldon has Asperger's or Autism."
Does anyone else agree? Having Asperger's myself and knowing others that do, I have to say a resounding YES!
I have two boys ages 11 and 13 who both have high functioning forms of Autism and I say without a shadow of a doubt that Sheldon's character has Aspergers!! In my opinion even if the producers say that's not intended that is how he comes across!
I have a 17 year old son with Asperger's and he is very much like Sheldon. Highly intelligent (IQ of 175) yet he is socially awkward and often misses unspoken social cues. We started watching the show after his friends told him that Sheldon reminds them of him. The writers or producers may not have intended the character to have Asperger's but he clearly does. And I am thankful for it. Characters like Sheldon make it OK to be different.
He is SOOOOOO Asperger's. Maybe the producers don't know it. (Maybe they are too.) All I know is that he is so real it hurts. Yep, I work with special needs children. Yep, I've know a couple of Asperger's tykes and yep, that is probably why he is so %% funny. He isn't a wierd creation of a goofy writer. He could be real. Kudos to Parsons for making him that way. Could easily have taken this one over the top for a 2 dimensional stereotype.