Tag Archives: Asperger S Syndrome

Question?: Asperger Syndrome Symptoms

Donna asks…

What is the difference between being awkward or having Asperger’s?

According to the Internet, people with Asperger syndrome are very awkward in social situations and have a hard time understanding body language. What would be the difference between just being an awkward person, or having Asperger‘s? (As in mannerisms, behaviour, etc.)

admin answers:

Asperger‘s syndrome is quite complex and affects people in many ways. There are countless symptoms that may be in place, but the thing is that the exact combination of symptoms varies a lot between individuals and nobody has all of the known symptoms. Awkwardness is just one of the many characteristics that most people with Asperger‘s syndrome have, but that doesn‘t mean that everyone who is awkward has Asperger‘s syndrome.

One of the main symptoms of Asperger‘s syndrome is poor social skills. People with Asperger‘s syndrome have difficulty reading into people and situations. They have difficulty understanding things like body language, facial expressions, tone of voice etc. And may use unusual or little body language themselves. They tend to be unaware of various unwritten social rules and are not good at picking up social cues, subtle hints and such. Therefore they are often awkward in social situations and don‘t know exactly what‘s expected of them or how to fit in.

Among other common symtoms of Asperger‘s syndrome are sensory issues (being hypersensitive or hyposensitive to certain textures, light, sounds, smells, touch, taste etc.), obsessive interests, a strong need for routines or sameness, difficulty dealing with changes, poor motor skills and many more.

So Asperger‘s syndrome is a lot more than plain awkwardness.

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Question?: Rett Syndrome Research

Ruth asks…

What is difference betweeen these types of autism….?

Core autism and atypical autism
if you have used resources please state its for case study.
Thanks

admin answers:

A simple Google will find many sources on the web. In this way you will be able to find what you want and what fits your research. In the mean time here are a few of the many types of autism.
Autistic disorder. This is what most people think of when they hear the word “autism.” It refers to problems with social interactions, communication and imaginative play in children younger than 3 years.
Asperger’s syndrome. These children don’t have a problem with language — in fact, they tend to score in the average or above-average range on intelligence tests. But they have the same social problems and limited scope of interests as children with autistic disorder.
Pervasive developmental disorder or PDD — also known as atypical autism. This is a kind of catchall category for children who have some autistic problems but who don’t fit into other categories.
Rett’s disorder. Known to occur only in girls, Rett’s children begin to develop normally. Then they begin to lose their communication and social skills. Beginning at the age of 1 to 4 years, repetitive hand movements replace purposeful use of the hands.
Childhood disintegrative disorder. These children develop normally for at least two years, and then lose some or most of their communication and social skills.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Quiz

Donna asks…

Do you not get exited enough about the gifts people give you and hurt their feelings?

I just dont show a lot of emotion, I guess or get very exited about ANYTHING. I like the things people get me, and I use them. I appreciate that they took some time to think of me, But They always think I dont like stuff because I dont do backflips and stuff when they give me something. I am just not very animated, I guess. Does this happen to you, or do you go all berzerk over gifts?

admin answers:

I have always had that problem. I know it has put a strain on some of my relationships because even when I feel something is a fantastic gift I just don’t look like I’m excited. I rarely get emotional about anything.

I always had the feeling that something was wrong with me, or at least extremely different from how most people process the world around them. It has always been rare for me to make emotional connections with other people. Only in the last few years have I learned about a condition called Asperger’s Syndrome which I think explains an awful lot about how I deal with the world and especialy other people. The link below has an interesting quiz. After the quiz it also provided links to several other informative pages.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Test

Thomas asks…

What is involved in being assessed and diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in the UK?

I am going to get an assessment for Asperger syndrome on the NHS in the UK and was wondering what it would involve. What sort of things will they be looking for, and how will they go about it? What’s the process?
I forgot to mention, I am an adult.

admin answers:

My brother has this and was diagnosed about 6 years ago,
they talk to you about general life, you’re feelings on things and how you see the world.
Generally they see if you are ‘different’ and can pin point to see if you have it.
Although other tests and things are done, but thats the basic thing.

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Question?: Autism Signs And Symptoms

Sandy asks…

Why are so many children being diagnosed with autism?

It may just be that I notice this because of my hightened awareness, especially since my 2 children are both on the spectrum. It seems like everyday I find out that another person I know has a child with autism, or someone contacts me for advice with their autistic child. Is this really as bad as it seems to me? Why is this an epidemic? What are your theories?

admin answers:

The diagnostic criteria were revised in 1994, allowing more children to be diagnosed. Most importantly, the Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis was created. People who were previously considered simply eccentric are now on the spectrum. Lower-functioning autistics are also more likely to be diagnosed. When Leo Kanner first described autism in the 1940s, he excluded children with other conditions (i.e. Mental retardation and epilepsy) in order to prove that autism was a distinct condition. Now we know that many low-functioning autistics have an intellectual disability, and that epilepsy is relatively common in people with ASDs.

There is also increased awareness, largely due to the Internet. Parents and schools are more likely to notice a child’s symptoms and recognize them as signs of autism. Professionals know more about autism than they did a few decades ago, and can make more accurate diagnoses. Many people are realizing that autism isn’t just a boys’ disorder, so more girls on the spectrum are receiving the correct diagnosis. Because of increased awareness, there is less stigma as well. More people are willing to take their child to be evaluated, and are more open about their child’s autism.

It’s not an epidemic and I don’t believe there are more people out there with autism. It’s just that more people are being *diagnosed* with autism due to criteria changes and awareness. In your situation, it’s very likely that you’re more aware of autistic kids around you. Plus, people may be more likely to discuss an autistic child with you, since you have two of your own.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome In Adults

Mary asks…

What are the best career options for people with Asperger’s syndrome?

Asperger‘s syndrome is a high functioning austism.

admin answers:

There is a great book about this topic that I highly recommend:
“Developing Talents: Careers for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism” by Temple Grandin, Kate Duffy, and Tony Attwood. It not only has career ideas and descriptions, but includes strategies to use to make the workplace more comfortable for a person with Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism.

Temple Grandin also briefly discusses this topic in this article: “Teaching Tips for Children and Adults with Autism” – http://www.autism.org/temple/tips.html

Other favorite resources include:

Websites:

“Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew” by Ellen Notbohm – http://www.southflorida.com/sfparenting/sfe-sfp-autism,0,6196233.story

Website of Paula Kluth, Ph.D. – http://www.paulakluth.com/autism.html

Positively Autism (free online magazine, includes free lessons/activities) – http://www.positivelyautism.com

Books:

“Your Life is Not a Label: A Guide to Living Fully with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome” by Jerry Newport

“You’re Going to Love This Kid!: Teaching Students With Autism in the Inclusive Classroom” By Paula Kluth

“Not Even Wrong: Adventures in Autism” By Paul Collins

Any book by Temple Grandin

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Question?: What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Mary asks…

What’s the difference between a syndrome and a disorder?

I was thinking about Autism Spectrum *Disorders*, and the way I have been told it is, is that Asperger’s *Syndrome* is a type of ASD. So why is Asperger’s considered to be a syndrome rather than a disorder and why is autism considered a disorder (especially since if anything autistic people are generally “more ordered” than other people are). Just wondering……..:)
Ok, then why autism considered to be a disorder? Autism is mental, not physical.

admin answers:

A syndrome refers to a specific set of recurring symptoms, whereas a disorder is a more general term for a disturbance. You can have a disorder but not display the symptoms, whereas a syndrome *is* the symptoms.

For example, AIDS is a syndrome (hence the S) caused by HIV. You can have the virus, but if you’re not displaying any symptoms, then you don’t have AIDS.

Don’t get too worked up on the difference, though. This is especially true when it comes to autism, considering it can have benefits as well as downsides, and for a lot of people isn’t really a problem. Autism isn’t really a disease so much as it is a difference from the norm, and for some people those differences cause a problem and for others they don’t. That’s why the terminology gets so shaky.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Quiz

Lizzie asks…

Does anyone know of any online quizzes that help to determine aspberger syndrome in adults?

I know that a quiz doesn’t take the place of a bonafide medical diagnosis, but I am curious if any such quizzes are around as indicators. The only ones I have come across thus far are centered around children and teens.

admin answers:

Online Materials
· Case Histories
· Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome Brochure
· Asperger’s Syndrome Fact Sheet

Most of the quizzes are centered around the young,however they can be equally applied to the mature
also.
An example:

Take this simple little quiz.
1. Do they spin objects around and around?
2. Is their speech repetitive, like an echo?
3. Are they attracted to shows like Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy?
4. Do they like to watch the same movie over and over again?
5. Are they fascinated with numbers and letters?
6. Do they seem unafraid of things that they should be afraid of?
7. Is it hard for them to make eye contact or they simply don’t?
8. Do they shun away from being touched or arch their back when held?
9. Do they like to line objects up in rows?
10. Do they lack the ability to play “with” other children interactively?
11. Do they walk up or down stairs always leading with the same foot?

If you answer yes to three or more of these questions, have them checked out by a professional who is recommended by your local Autism Society. To find more information and resources on Autism and Asperger’s, please visit
http://www.autismtoday.com/

Check the link ,maybe they can help.

Have a pleasant day.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome In Adults

John asks…

Is there anyone else that has Aspergers Syndrome?

I ONLY WANT PEOPLE WITH ASPERGERS TO ANSWER THIS
I have Aspergers Syndrome and I am the only person at my school with it… as far as I know.
I want to get an idea of how many people there are with Aspergers and what’s it’s like for them living with it. I DO know that one in one thousand people in the world have Aspergers.
Anything will do… I’m keen to know.

admin answers:

I’m an adult with Asperger’s syndrome. I have poor social skills, which makes it hard to make/keep friends, participate in social interactions or relate to other people. I am noticeably different from the people around me, but I still live a pretty normal life. I’ve been through college, I have a good job, I’m married (to someone who I suspect has Asperger’s syndrome too, although he has never been diagnosed), we live in our own apartment etc. I have few friends though and don’t socialize much, because I’m quite terrible at it. Asperger’s syndrome has its good and bad sides and I have learned to use the good sides to compensate for the bad ones. That has worked well for me and gotten me ahead.

There exist many online discussion forums for people with Asperger’s syndrome. Maybe it would be helpful for you to visit some and get the chance to talk to other people with Asperger’s syndrome, so you won’t feel like you’re the only one. I can recommend the forums at http://www.wrongplanet.net , they’ve been very useful for me.

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Question?: What Is Autism Video

David asks…

What is the job title for a person who takes care of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders?

4 hours a week I meet with a young boy who has Asperger’s syndrome. We play video games, do his homework, go to the movies or other things that he wishes to do. In Norwegian the job title is “støttekontakt”, directly translated to “support contact”. What is the job title in English?

admin answers:

I am a line therapist I go into the home and run programs with young children.

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