Tag Archives: Asperger S Syndrome

Question?: Rett Syndrome In Boys

Donald asks…

Survey: How aware are you?

today is autism awareness day and all of april is autism awareness month i want to see how aware people actually are by asking afew questions
answer with what you honestly know if you want to look up the answers after you answer yours feel free to but not till you answer first

Question 1. what is meant by “autism spectrum” disorders?
2. What are sensory issues?
3 true or false if someone is not diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by age 12 that means they dont have one.
4. true or false autism is very rare in girls
5.true or false autism spectrum disorders are obvious and you can tell right away if someone has autism
6. what is asperger’s syndrome?

bonus question: can you read this article then tell me your reaction and weather you learned anything new http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/05/dont-judge-a-mother-until-you-know-the-whole-story/
oh and for why its in this section is because i feel in my opinion part of being spiritual is being in tune with the world around us and understanding others (or atleast trying to understand others)

admin answers:

1. The autism spectrum consists of classical autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and PDD-NOS. All these disorders involve social and communication issues in some way. The symptoms appear early in childhood and last throughout the lifetime.

2. Sensory issues are a common feature of autism spectrum disorders. Most frequently they are hypersensitivity or hyposensitivity, either in general or with specific stimuli. For example, I’m extremely sensitive to sound, and metal on metal is one sound in particular that’s painful for me. I’m hyposensitive to pain. Another common issue is difficulty filtering out background information, like music playing in the background. Sensitivity and filtering problems can lead to constant sensory overload.

3. False. The symptoms appear early on, but they aren’t necessarily caught early on. I wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger’s until I was 17.

4. False. It appears more common in boys, but the gender gap is actually a lot narrower. Girls are more likely to be misdiagnosed or undiagnosed for a variety of social and cultural reasons.

5. False. People with ASDs may not appear particularly unusual, or they may seem eccentric but not exactly autistic. If everyone could tell right away if someone had an ASD, mental health professionals are wasting their time with diagnostic evaluations!

6. Asperger’s is a mild form of autism. It’s very similar to HFA, but there’s no speech delay.

BQ: I liked the article. I think its meaning can apply to everyone – it’s important to not judge people right away, because you don’t know the whole story. What appears to be a poorly behaved child and an unconcerned mother is actually an overstimulated, anxious autistic child and a caring mother who’s trying to help him the best she can. Everyone has challenges that aren’t obvious from the outside, so it’s important to withhold judgment and keep an open mind, since there’s often more to a situation than meets the eye.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome In Adults

Michael asks…

What would you like to ask?How do I get an Adult diagnosis of Asperger’s syndrome?

i think i may have asperger.s syndome. i been reading a lot on it and i think now i had it for years so how do i get a diagnosis what tests can be done?

what are the most prolims with Asperger‘s syndrome?

please help thanks

admin answers:

If you are sure you have Asperger syndrome you need to go and see your doctor and ask him to refer you to a clinical psychologist, preferably one who specialises in AS. It is possible to get a diagnosis of AS as an adult. I have a relative who we always thought was a bit eccentric, he was diagnosed as having AS at 69 years old. Is it worth getting a diagnosis when you have managed all these years without one? Also a diagnosis of AS will not change you in any way other than to give you a label. I wish you good luck.

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Question?: Autistic Angry Outbursts

Sandy asks…

What can you tell me about …?

Asperger’s syndrome?

I would like to hear from people who have it or their friends.
I have done my share of googling so no wikipedia or other internet articles.

admin answers:

Hi–great question.Asperger’s syndrome is a developmental disorder that affects a child’s ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Children with Asperger’s syndrome typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics.Doctors group Asperger’s syndrome with four other conditions that are called autistic spectrum disorders or pervasive developmental disorders. These disorders all involve problems with social skills and communication. Asperger’s syndrome is generally thought to be at the milder end of this spectrum.Conservative estimates indicate that two out of every 10,000 children have Asperger’s, and boys are three to four times as likely as girls to have the disorder. While there is no cure for Asperger’s syndrome, treatment can help children learn how to interact more successfully with their peers.The core signs of Asperger’s syndrome can’t be cured. But most children benefit from early specialized interventions that focus on behavior management and social skills training. Your doctor can help identify resources in your area that may work for your child. Options may include:
Communication and social skills training. Many children with Asperger’s syndrome can learn the unwritten rules of socialization and communication when taught in an explicit and rote fashion, much like the way students learn foreign languages. Children with Asperger’s syndrome may also learn how to speak in a more natural rhythm, as well as how to interpret communication techniques, such as gestures, eye contact, tone of voice, humor and sarcasm. Cognitive behavior therapy. This general term encompasses many techniques aimed at curbing problem behaviors, such as interrupting, obsessions, meltdowns or angry outbursts, as well as developing skills like recognizing feelings and coping with anxiety. Cognitive behavior therapy usually focuses on training a child to recognize a troublesome situation — such as a new place or an event with lots of social demands — and then select a specific learned strategy to cope with the situation. Medication. There are no medications to treat Asperger’s syndrome. But some medications may improve specific behaviors — such as anxiety, depression or hyperactivity — that can occur in many children with Asperger’s syndrome.

Take Care & Happy New Year!

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Question?: Angry Autistic Letter

Michael asks…

I have mental illness and it effects me as a dog owner. Could you please give me some advice?

I am a 15 year old male who has Asperger’s Syndrome ( High Functioning Autism ). I have really bad breakdowns and it frightens my dog, but I never have them against her. I have therapy monthly, and it is only because my mother makes me go. I just want my dog to feel safe around me, because I would never hurt her or let anything happen to her. I don’t have a friend a friend, and I am home schooled. My dogs name is Lucy and she is a small 14 pound Border Terrier. She is around two and a half to three years old. I adopted her from an animal shelter, where she stayed for two years. I adopted her May, 7, 2012, which I now call her birthday. I did a small amount of training when I first got her and taught her to mind me. My dog was at the adoption center for two years and I can’t believe nobody wanted her. She is so sweet and friendly. I think God held her for me, because she is all I wanted. She is my companion. My mother did not want to let me have her at first, but she did. I paid for her and my mother singed the contract. Even though I only trained her a small amount ( Potty training, sit and stay, obedience ) she is not spoiled at all. She had a rough life before and she is a very thankful dog. She is just so happy, but isn’t hyper at all.

The main thing is, I am scared. Nobody helps me take care of her. My mother didn’t even want her at first. I may be sent to a mental hospital for a little while. I have literally never been away from Lucy more than one day. She is beside me all day everyday and I am always home. Just in case I have wrote four pages of instructions to take care of her and printed out cartoon instructions on the dog Heimlich Maneuver and dog CPR. I already know how to do this, but others probably don’t. So this is just in case anything bad happens. The thing I am afraid of most, they may spoil her. We do have another dog, a small Chiwawa. They spoiled her so bad she bites and cannot be around my dog. They feed her bacon and everything. My dog is only allowed her dog food. My dog cannot handle bones or people food, because it gives her bathroom problems. On the four page instructions I wrote, no people food. I am scared when I come back, she will be a different dog. That will tear me apart, because she is my buddy and last hope.

Literally nobody cares about her but me. I took her to get her haircut and I am taking her to the vet for a checkup very soon. I know it is not cheap, so I wrote my mother a letter saying she doesn’t have to give me birthday money. She can just use that money for my dogs regular regular vet checkup. I adopted her nine months ago, and this is the first time. I want to get her to go to the vet at least once a year, and money is tight. I am home schooled and me and my dog are ALWAYS together. I take her on a nice 20-30 min walk everyday or once every two days. She is always by my side and I am always by her side. Everyday I brush her hair and clean her teeth. Once a week I clean out her ears and once a month I give her a bath. Will my mother be willing to do this?

Thank you for all your help, I am just so scared. Will they follow all my rules? Will they spoil her? I also wrote on the instructions that she really loves time by herself or alone. I just can;t leave her, and I think about running away with her.

If you would like to see a photograph of her, here is the link. ( This is her at the Adoption Center )
Her first name was Nikki, but I changed it to Lucy.

http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/18529925?photo_view=1&rvp=1

admin answers:

I’m not sure what your mother could do while you’re in the mental hospital (that is if you are even admitted). Your mother may spoil her or she may even find her a new home. If I were you, I would be adamant about being treated on an outpatient basis, and that if you are admitted without your dog, it would cause you to become suicidal. Most of the time, psychiatrists don’t like to admit people to the hospital unless they pose real danger to themselves or others; they would rather treat you on an outpatient basis. Unless you have hurt someone seriously in one of your rages, I wouldn’t worry about being admitted, unless your mother forces you to go. If she does and you return home from the hospital with your dog gone, I would be incredibly angry at your mother and possibly not talk to her for a while because of it.

As for your Asperger’s, you will eventually learn to deal with it. I have Asperger’s myself and used to go crazy when people interrupted my me time. I also threw fits, even well into my teens. Once I got into college, I learned how to properly express myself to others and how to deal with my feelings on my own. I went through hell the first year I was in college (ended up cutting contact with my mom who was very controlling of me-she told me she wished I was never born), but it made me a better person. It’s very hard living with Asperger’s because people don’t understand me and I don’t understand them. Even in college, I don’t have very many friends and have found it much easier to express myself with my animals than with other people (animals can’t tell you that you are full of **** and tell you that you don’t have Asperger’s and that the diagnosis for autism has been broadened to the point where normal people are considered autistic, etc.) I would suggest that when and if you get into college (especially a large state university and even some private Christian universities) to use the benefits that they provide for free counseling on campus. It has helped me a lot to be able to express myself, say no to other people and stand by it, and to deal with my depression (although my psychiatrist and the medications I’m on help the most with my depression). It will be hard for you throughout your life, but you will eventually learn how to control your emotions better and to socialize with other people.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome In Adults

Susan asks…

How to cope with my daughter with asperger’s being depressed?

My daughter, Elizabeth, was diagnosed with Asperger‘s Syndrome at age 6. She is now 16 years old. She’s been depressed because all these years, she’s never actually had a social relationship with others. She really wants friends. But, I don’t know were she can develop peer interaction with others now that school is out. Any tips on her coping with depression?

admin answers:

Look to the autism support network,there are kids with aspergers there and can help support each other.Can also get advice from adults with it.Look at the books Gut and psychology Syndrome and Balance Your brain balance Your Life,and look at reviews at Amazon.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome In Adults

Mary asks…

Does anybody know any friendship groups for adults with Asperger’s Syndrome?

Okay so somebody told me that there is a support group or whatever for people with Asperger‘s Syndrome. Do you know of a such thing?

admin answers:

There are good forums for people with Asperger’s syndrome and other autism spectrum disorders at http://www.wrongplanet.net

There you can talk to other adults who have it. I have found those forums very useful.

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Question?: What Is Autism

Helen asks…

What’s the different between Aspergers syndrome and Autism?

I’ve always known what autism is but until the other day I heard someone say about Aspergers syndrome, the symptoms are pretty much the same. What‘s the difference?

admin answers:

Basically asperger’s syndrome is a type of autism
these articles all explain the differences between the two

http://ezinearticles.com/?Understanding-The-Differences-Between-Aspergers-and-Autism&id=666875

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-aspergers-and-autism.htm

http://medicine.wisegeek.com/are-aspergers-and-autism-the-same-disorder.htm

http://www.livestrong.com/article/87982-differences-between-autism-aspergers/

http://www.autism-world.com/index.php/2008/07/10/the-difference-between-autism-and-aspergers-syndrome-2/

http://www.disabledinfo.co.uk/dis/323-understanding-the-differences-between-aspergers-an.asp

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Quiz

Nancy asks…

What is it like having an autistic / asperger’s syndrome student in your class?

admin answers:

My mother works with autistic kids at an elementary school, and she says the three biggest issues are disruptions, accomodations, and acceptance. An autistic student may inadvertantly do or say things that are socially inappropriate, like taking another person’s toy without asking. The teacher may need to devote more attention to this student, which means less attention to other students. If the student receives accomodations, like having an education assistant in the classroom, this would draw attention to his differences. The other students may be jealous that the autistic student gets extra time on quizzes, or leaves the classroom sometimes to go to his social skills group, or whatever the case may be. And of course, some of the other students will not accept their autistic classmate as part of the class unit. They might exclude, tease, or bully him. Having an autistic kid in the class can be a very good thing, though. It exposes the students to different types of people, and teaches them about diversity, patience, and tolerance.

Each autistic person is different, though. The student’s personality and level of functioning affect what he or she is like in the classroom. I have Asperger’s, and I was always very well-behaved in class and polite to my classmates. My Asperger’s had little to no effect on my classmates; most of them probably never guessed I had a disorder. I’ve had classes with other people on the spectrum, though. Some kept to themselves and rarely said anything, some were disruptive and constantly in trouble, and some seemed a bit odd but mostly got along fine.

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Question?: Pdd-nos Checklist

Donna asks…

Autism / Asperger’s Questions?

I strongly suspect my 2 1/2 year old son has some form of Autism. The only thing that makes everybody a little skeptical is that he shows plenty of emotion, imaginative play, and really looks at you when he’s communicating with you.

Now the reasons I think he is Autistic are that he has yet to develop speech, no social play with his age group, stacks or lines up objects, sometimes tiptoe walks among other little things.

Is it possible for a child that has these characteristics to have Autism or even Aspergers?

Currently I live in Mexico and they more reluctant to diagnose you with Autism here and appears they are not as prepared to deal with this disease than we are in the states(I am an American Citizen married to Mexican woman)

What are some effective home therapies that me and my wife can use on my son while we wait for his documents to arrive so we can have him treated in the States?

Thank You

admin answers:

You aren’t going to come by a diagnosis of asperger’s with a speech delay, that isn’t to say that is not what it is, and that could be flushed out later. Still since the DSM-IV states you cannot have a speech delay and asperger’s only really cutting edge docs will give a r/o dx of asperger’s syndrome with a speech delay only not at his age usually, about 4.

YES, its very possible to have some features of autism, some typical features, and even some asperger features. This has a diagnosis of its own, called PDD.NOS (pervasive developmental delay not otherwise specified. It’s atypical autism, or autistic features.

I remember being confused about the PDD.NOS diagnosis, as I watched my 2 yr old son in the neurologist office feeding a baby while talking on the room phone (that’s a lot of pretend play going on for an autistic kid, or so I thought). He also lined toys up at that age.

Here is a great indicator as to where your son is falling on the spectrum:
http://www.childbrain.com/pddassess.html

Try to make his repetitive play functional. Try to elaborate it. Set up 1:1 playdates. Look into educating yourself on sensory integration. Look at the sensory processing checklist

http://www.asperger.net

For speech, receptive (understanding of language) comes first, so focus on that. Do not use flashcards, they hold little interest to kids of this population, anything 2-D skip. Get the actual object. Ask him to differentiate between 2 common objects. A duck, a ball. Then try to get him to identify the one you are asking for.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Treatment

William asks…

Can Aspergers Syndrome affect your Social health?

My therapist, mother, and father all suspect i have Aspergers Syndrome, but can it really affect your socializing? As well as A.D.D. and OCD? We all suspect i have all 3. And i’m feeling really depressed right know, so do you think so?

admin answers:

Yes, Asperger’s syndrome affects socializing, as it causes people to have poor social skills and a limited ability to develop good social skills.

Asperger’s syndrome varies a lot in severity though, so not everyone who has it will have the same level of difficulties with socializing.

Some people have mild Asperger’s syndrome and in those cases other people may not always notice much difference. Others have more severe forms of Asperger’s syndrome and cannot as easily mask or hide the disorder or the symptoms.

Some people with Asperger’s syndrome are lucky and are surrounded with people who don’t let the person’s poor social skills be a big problem, but a lot of people with Asperger’s syndrome are not that lucky and are constantly excluded and rejected by other people because of their poor social skills or simply for being different.

Many people with Asperger’s syndrome live in social isolation. Some of them don’t mind it and actually enjoy their solitary lives, while others are greatly bothered by this isolation and become really depressed.

I cannot judge whether you have Asperger’s or not, but it sounds like there is a reason to have a professional (a psychiatrist for example) do an evaluation to find out for sure. If you do have some disorder (or a combination of many disorders), a psychiatrist should be able to diagnose you and suggest treatment options.

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