Question:We know everything about autism as our 6 year old has it quite severely...but our 3 year old (who we've had concerns about since he was 18 months) is undergoing assessment for possible mild aspergers.
this, we know little about!!
does anyone know any good web sites that give detailed information on aspergers?
thanks in advance x x
i have it! i was told i had it about 5 months ago. It is basically where i see the world different to everybody else. So say if someone says something like a joke everyone else Will get it but i would not get it and look at it completely different. Normally they live all there self's and are content with being lonely and mainly find social skills very challenging like a having a conversation. lots and lots of other things so just research it on Google. hope this helps!
Only The National Autistic Society
aspergers is actually at the end of the autism scale so you probably know quite abit about it. you have the severly autistic at one end with communication issues, and aspergers is at the other with usually a high intelligence. my friends son has it. he's seven now and takes medication although he also has adhd. have a look at the nhs direct website. it can tell you and give you links to other sites.
Individuals with AS can exhibit a variety of characteristics and the disorder can range from mild to severe. Persons with AS show marked deficiencies in social skills, have difficulties with transitions or changes and prefer sameness. They often have obsessive routines and may be preoccupied with a particular subject of interest. They have a great deal of difficulty reading nonverbal cues (body language) and very often the individual with AS has difficulty determining proper body space. Often overly sensitive to sounds, tastes, smells, and sights, the person with AS may prefer soft clothing, certain foods, and be bothered by sounds or lights no one else seems to hear or see. It's important to remember that the person with AS perceives the world very differently. Therefore, many behaviors that seem odd or unusual are due to those neurological differences and not the result of intentional rudeness or bad behavior, and most certainly not the result of "improper parenting".
By definition, those with AS have a normal IQ and many individuals (although not all), exhibit exceptional skill or talent in a specific area. Because of their high degree of functionality and their naiveté, those with AS are often viewed as eccentric or odd and can easily become victims of teasing and bullying. While language development seems, on the surface, normal, individuals with AS often have deficits in pragmatics and prosody. Vocabularies may be extraordinarily rich and some children sound like "little professors." However, persons with AS can be extremely literal and have difficulty using language in a social context.
At this time there is a great deal of debate as to exactly where AS fits. It is presently described as an autism spectrum disorder and Uta Frith, in her book AUTISM AND ASPERGER'S SYNDROME, described AS individuals as "having a dash of Autism". Some professionals feel that AS is the same as High Functioning Autism, while others feel that it is better described as a Nonverbal Learning Disability. AS shares many of the characteristics of PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder; Not otherwise specified), HFA, and NLD and because it was virtually unknown until a few years ago, many individuals either received an incorrect diagnosis or remained undiagnosed. For example, it is not at all uncommon for a child who was initially diagnosed with ADD or ADHD be re-diagnosed with AS. In addition, some individuals who were originally diagnosed with HFA or PDD-NOS are now being given the AS diagnosis and many individuals have a dual diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.
I recommend reading " The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" written from a teenager with asperger's point of view. Absolutely brilliant.
Best of luck with your children and god bless. xx
Sorry, I don't know any websites, when my own lad was diagnosed I made it a point not to read about it nor visit any websites as I wanted to work with him as an individual on his level, so we could work our ways through things without preconceptions. As you have a 6 year old who is Autistic you've come through the hard part, and you're right, you'll know everything about HIS Autism but each individual case is unique.
You are on a very firm footing at present, your 3 year old will have autistic traits but on a much lesser scale, if you've dealt with the elder child you'll barely notice!
Chances are, although every case is unique, the 3 year old will have full communication skills but perhaps appear shy and aloof.
As someone said, The Autistic Society is good but I'd be more inclined to see if there is a parental group in your area, where you can share experiences and strategies.
If you've coped fine with Autism then you won't have anything to worry about!
autismexpertshore.com and millermethod.org may be helpful to you.Good Luck!
My 3 yr old has just been diagnosed with Aspergers. I found the National Autistic society great for info:
Aspergers is more of a social communication problem. They find it difficult to communicate with social settings and other people.
She also has to have strict routines and has big problems with her sensorys (she has very sensitive touch on her haid but doesnt feel pain very well etc... and hoovers and hair dryers noises hurt her ears).
She has obsessions (she has to eat of blue plates, washes her hand and brushes her teeth 15 - 20 times a day) etc etc...
Good luck with your child. It is hard work but hang in on there X
I know someone with a child with this and I searched the web under autism and this was in that category, but says it is its own thing and really not related to autism.
I hope you find your answers♥j
Well, if Kari, a few answer above me, has it and can write an answer like that, I wouldn't be to very worried about it. Don't we all see the world "our own way" ? And I gotta tell ya, sometime when I hear or read a joke, and the person stops talking or there's no more to read, I go... and? Hmmm... could a person have AS and not know it ? Ooops, I guess they could. Five months earlier, she didn't know she had it.
God ~bless~ you and your children. I know your pain as I worked with children with autism and I know your feeling of helplessness at times.
Wikipedia has an excellent article about it. Aspies tend to have above average intelligence and learn to speak at a normal age.
I have aspergers and its ruined my life. I hope he doesn't have it.
I would also suggest that you look into mercury chelation. There is some circumstantial evidence that it can reverse autism in younger children. It wont work on older aspies and autistics so its now or never.
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