Tag Archives: Aspergers

Question?: Autistic Definition

Steven asks…

Why is it hard for someone with Aspergers to understand idioms and other phrases?

I want to know in detail why they have trouble with idoms. Basically from what I heard, when you talk to someone with Aspergers, you have to “Say what you mean and mean what you say”.

If you just memorize the idioms, won’t know it’s an idiom and know it’s definition?

btw, do people with Aspergers also have trouble with names like “Burger King”? Do they really think it’s “a place for the king of burgers” in their mind, or what?

admin answers:

Aspergers is a form of autism. 1 of the main characteristics of autism is language and communication .A high functioning person with autism
( aspergers) will have similar language skills as ‘Raymond (rainman) Babbit and “Forrest Gump” DId you see those movies? Dustin Hoffman had more autistic triats because of his headbanging, daily routines, and stimming but his monotone voice and taking everything said literally is classic aspergers. Forrest was also monotone, seldom laughed, awkward socially and couldnt understand anything in abstract. Your burger king comment is cute and its possible some people with aspergers think that or had to learn that its just a name. IT depends on their level. Its not just idioms that they cannot grasp, slang words, facial expressions, gestures etc, are difficult also. For ex; ‘ The flick was bad, bro” He may not know ‘flick’, bad is bad and you must be speaking to your brother. Or an angry face or worried face will not be known, and that nod we do to mean ” Lets go” ….. He’ll stay!

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Question?: Autistic Disorder

Carol asks…

Is it possible to be gay and autistic?

I have aspergers syndrome but not quite sure of my sexuality.
I believe that i am gay though.
The theory is that autistic disorders may be the result of excessive testosterone levels during womb development and male homosexuality may be the result of too little.

So i find it a little difficult to understand how someone could be both unless it’s just something peculiar to me.

Are there any autistic gay males here?

admin answers:

Yes, it is possible to be both autistic and gay. There exists a lot of people who are both. I know about a few.

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Question?: Autism Signs In Infants

Chris asks…

what is the difference between aspergers and high functioning autism?

i have aspergers and i was wondering whats the difference between aspergers and high functioning autism?

bq: is aspergers considered a rara disorder?
i meant rare disorder

admin answers:

Both Asperger Syndrome & High Functioning Autism are pretty similar in terms of the traits and features that are present, but the clear main difference is that individuals with HFA had a significant delay in their language development, whereas on the other hand people with Asperger’s Syndrome usually do not, many individuals with AS will have developed speech from aged 2 onwards, although some actually begin to speak even before a developmentally typical infant, and most of them will meet some or full criteria for a Non-Verbal Learning Disorder.

According to my childhood developmental history, I had a mild speech delay as I didn’t acquire language until I just turned 2 years old, it was echolalic and this completely diminished a few months before I was aged 4 years, therefore some young children with AS like myself at the time may receive a diagnosis of a speech & language disorder.

Those with “High Functioning Autism” generally develop their first words from the age of 4 or 5 years old, which is classified as “clinically significant language delay”, likewise most may have displayed temporary signs of Classical (Severe) Autism in early childhood, HFA is far less common than AS.

“Smart Kat’s” statement of Temple Grandin being a “High Functioning Autistic” rather than someone with AS is absolutely correct, as she indeed had clinically significant delays” in acquiring language in childhood.

Some scientific studies state that in terms of intellectual abilities; individuals with AS generally demonstrate Verbal IQ’s (VIQ) significantly greater than their Performance IQ (PIQ), this is typically the reverse in HFA, but this is not always true as it’s clearly possible for the opposite pattern to occur, for instance someone with AS can have a significantly higher PIQ than their VIQ, likewise a High Functioning Autistic can demonstrate far more verbal abilities than their performance ones.

Other than these statistics there is no there is hardly any guarantee on how both of these conditions can be distinct from each other.

The prevalence of Asperger Syndrome like Cicely said is approximately 1 in 250.

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Question?: What Is Autism Disorder

Steven asks…

What are the Autism disorders other than Asperger?

We hear and read a lot about Autism is a spectrum of disorders. But the only other disorder I ever hear about other than Autism is Aspergers.

What are the other disorders that make up the autism spectrum?

Thank you.

admin answers:

The autism spectrum disorders are:

– Autism Disorder (often referred to as just “autism” in daily talk)
– Asperger’s syndrome
– PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified)
– Rett syndrome (rare)
– Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (rare)

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Spectrum Disorder

Betty asks…

Will seeing a psychiatrist who specializes in autism/aspergers help with my eating disorder?

I have suffered from an eating disorder for 3/4 years now, and today got diagnosed with aspergers syndrome.

I have seen a psychiatrist before for my problem, but it did not work, it just made me worse really.
But the psychiatrist who diagnosed me with asperger (she specialses in autistic spectrum disorders) today offered to see me about my eating disorder, do you think this could be more beneficial?

or do I need to see an eating disorder specialist?

admin answers:

I think i would benafical to see the same person. She knows your history and understands Aspergers which would be importent in treatment

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Question?: Treatment For Autism Children

Maria asks…

How can I become a behavioral aide for people with Aspergers/Autism?

I love the television show “Parenthood” and one of the characters works with the child that has Aspergers.
She goes to his house and works with him for hours. What do I need to do to be able to do this? I am currently getting my associates in science. I live in Illinois (if the state standards are different).

Are there any websites with information on this?
Does anyone know anything about this?

admin answers:

Yep. It’s an Aba therapist. (applied behavioral analasys). A form of beavior therapy. You can search the internet for careers in this area by searching aba treatment and companies in your area. Try this:
www.autismspeaks.org/community/fsdb/category.php?sid=17&cid=48

/www.autismlink.com/services?page=3

http://rsaffran.tripod.com/consultants.html

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Question?: Autism Signs In Adults

Linda asks…

How can I help an adult friend who I think has Asperger’s?

I have a male adult friend who exhibits many of the signs of Asperger’s. He is pushing people away, even people who are nice to him and try to be his friend because he thinks that everyone else is the problem not him. I have tried to bring up a subject that could lead to a talk about his symptoms. The problem is that he wants so badly to be “normal” that he won’t listen. He is turning the very few friends he has away from him, and I really want to help. Any advice is greatly appreciated.

admin answers:

I have High Functioning Autism which is a lot like Aspergers. Aspergers is a part of the autism spectrum of disorders. All the symptoms you mentioned can be part of the Aspergers life experience. Aspergers requires that you manage your insecurities at least enough so that your life outside your home will not be adversely affected. I have no problem reverting to my less than socially acceptable form when I am in my home alone. At home alone who is going to be offended by any of my autism inspired behaviors that others in neurotypical society find objectionable.

If you are weak then that’s a choice. Do not confuse weakness for meekness. I am meek which means I do everything in my power to avoid social situations because, socially I am totally utterly and hopelessly retarded, something I not ashamed of at all. You are right if you walk through life so afraid of life in this scary neurotypical world you do not understand this worlds predators and parasites will smell your fear and mark you as prey.

I too hate the feel of clothing against my body. I like clothing more than I like the feel of another person I do not know and trust touching me. You are letting what other people in this world think drive you crazy. I always tell my autistic and asperger’s friends stop trying to be the perfect neurotypical because you will never achieve that goal.

You are working too hard at trying to make other people happy. The people you are trying to make happy will never understand your challenges as a person with Aspergers so they will never be happy with you. Accept it my brother you share life with me on the autism spectrum of disorders and you despite all your best efforts will NEVER be seen as normal no matter how hard you try.

You must learn to love yourself. You see you will never perceive, understand, experience and respond to this world the way someone who is neurologically typical will. The very best you will be able to do as a person with aspergers will be attempting to be as close an approximation of a neurotypical as your gifts, talents and insights allow. If you spend your entire life trying to be everything neurotypicals and institutions want you to become you will go mad, you will live in a prison of your own making.

You have aspergers. Lots of people with Aspergers have OCD and if you do then your job is made harder because you likely have perfectionist tendencies. Asperger’s is a form of autism some people say it is mild but those people likely never lived life with Aspergers. Here is a webpage you might like. Http://www.aspergers.com/ This webpage supplies you with some basic insights into aspergers.

You have a serious problem with being held prisoner by what other people say. You are so caught on what others say because, your innate understanding of this neurotyical world is so spotty or non-existant. I know the feeling of being lost in this world because, I was in the prison of depending on what others said to define my place in the world for 38 of the worst years of my life. For 38 years I was a puppet to what everyone and everything said was right because, autism left me lacking the understanding to make sense of this strange world myself.

Eventually my life was in the toilet because, I was so confused by whatever often conflicting things others told me was right I just shut down. I stopped eating, got physically and mentally sick. In time I grew extremely violent almost killing a man. It was not until I was looking up from this pit of despair in my heart that I realized that I needed to engage this world on my terms and not care about what others felt about my autism inspired weirdness. I had nmany of the same issues you have now and I learned to manage them such that they do not prevent me living a happy life.

Am I normal heck no. Am I a social butterfly nope. Am I someone’s prey no I am my own man. I am strong. I am still weird but I let my more ugly werewolf like raging socially unacceptable side out at night in the privacy of my home where there are no neurotypical polite sensibilities to offend. No my life is not perfect and certainly not normal but I am happy. When you have autism or aspergers you won’t have anormal life so forget about it. Strive to have a happy life and that’s you will live well, successfully with great hope, expectations and love for all in life that what matters most.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults Checklist

Betty asks…

How can you tell if you have autism?

Are there any online tests that I can take before I try and talk to a doctor about it?
I’m not looking to self diagnose, I am just looking for answers. I’ve known something was wrong with me since I was little, I just dont know what.
1574 – That describes me almost perfectly. I never look anyone in the eyes, I dont know why it just feels wierd.

I dont talk that much if at all, people make fun of me because of that all the time. I simply say – I have nothing to say, I dont see a reason to talk, and I dont want to.

And it is extremely hard for me to socialize. I dont understand how other people do it, I dont totally understand the point of it, most of it seems fake to me.

And I definatley do things on a sceduel, any deviating off this sceduel will really upset me.
I never really had the option of getting it diagnosed as a child.

In second grade they did try to put me into a remedial class. They made me take an IQ test which I ended up scoring a 135 on blowing that idea of theirs out of the water.

They ended up saying I have ADHD and made me take Ritalin every day…

admin answers:

Do you find yourself confused in social situations?

Are you passionately interested in a single topic?

Is it tough for you to make and maintain eye contact?

Then you, like many talented and intelligent adults, may be diagnosable with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Asperger Syndrome is different from other disorders on the autism spectrum, in part, because it is often diagnosed in older children and adults as opposed to very young children. That’s because Asperger Syndrome is a relatively mild form of ASD which does not include problems with basic language skills. Many people with Asperger Syndrome are very bright and capable. The issues that emerge for people diagnosed with Aspergers are related specifically to social and communication skills — skills that only become signficant as people get older and need to negotiate complex social situations.

The History of Asperger Syndrome
Hans Asperger was a Viennese child psychologist who worked with a group of boys all of whom had similar developmental differences. While they were all intelligent, and had normal language skills, they also had a set of autism-like symptoms. He came up with a description and diagnostic criteria for a syndrome, which he named for himself.

As a result of the second world war, Asperger’s work disappeared for a number of years. When it reappeared in the late 1980’s, it garnered a good deal of interest. Today, Asperger’s Syndrome is in the news virtually every day.

What does it mean to have Asperger’s Syndrome?
Clearly, since so many successful people seem to have the diagnosis (Dan Ackroyd, for one, announced his diagnosis on the air — and rumor has it that Bill Gates may also have Asperger’s) it is not a disability in the classic sense. In fact, some historians suggest that Einstein, Mozart, and Alan Turing (the inventor of the first electronic computer) may all have been diagnosable with Asperger’s.

What people with Asperger’s Syndrome do have in common is a set of characteristics that may make social interaction particularly difficult. Many “aspies” (a term that teens and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome sometimes use to refer to themselves) have been bullied or teased as children. They may be awkward with the opposite sex. And they may have a tough time maneuvering through complex social cues at school, at work, or elsewhere.

The Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service(CLASS), an organization in the United Kingdom that works with adults with Asperger’s has developed a simple ten question checklist to help with a preliminary self-diagnosis. If you answered “yes” to some or most of these questions, you may decide to find out more.

1.) I find social situations confusing.

2.) I find it hard to make small talk.

3.) I did not enjoy imaginative story-writing at school.

4.) I am good at picking up details and facts.

5.) I find it hard to work out what other people are thinking and feeling.

6.) I can focus on certain things for very long periods.

7.) People often say I was rude even when this was not intended.

8.) I have unusually strong, narrow interests.

9.) I do certain things in an inflexible, repetitive way.

10.) I have always had difficulty making friends.

If you do answer “yes” to many of these questions relative to yourself or a loved one, you may have uncovered an undiagnosed case of Asperger’s Syndrome.

For some teens and adults, this is a tremendous relief: it puts a name on a set of issues that has troubled them throughout their lives. And it also opens the door to support, treatment, and community.
But there is no obligation to do anything at all about Asperger’s Syndrome. In fact, many adults feel that being an “aspie” is a point of pride. They are unique, often successful individuals who are simply … themselves!

Check out this link, at the bottom of the page there are several related articles you might be interested in:

http://autism.about.com/od/aspergerssyndrome/a/adultsaspergers.htm

I hope this info helps! I have a relative that has this & he had almost the exact same experience you did in elementary school.

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Question?: What Is Autism

Carol asks…

What is the difference between aspergers and high functioning autism?

I have high-functioning autism and i am in top set of year 8. However i also have a passion for maths, does this mean i have aspergers. sorry i have a very basic understanding.

admin answers:

Both Aspergers and Autistic Disorder are both Autism Spectrum Disorders. The difference between the two however is when spoken language developed. If it developed significantly later than it should have (e.g. No first word by 15-18 months, no two-word combinations by 24 months), then the diagnosis would be Autistic Disorder. If langauge developed normally, it would be Aspergers.

Even those who are diagnosed with Autistic Disorder can go on to develop language just a few years later. My daughter’s development lagged behind by a year or so, but others have been non-verbal until much later (e.g. Temple Grandin has Autistic Disorder and was non-verbal until 4 years old, I know someone who was non-verbal to 7 years old) but as they get older catch up and have normal language.

High functioning means how well they function in the world – there are those who have a classic autism diagnosis who can function as well as an asperger’s person and can look after themselves fairly well, and are considered “high functioning”. Someone who is non verbal or strugles to with daily living severely (and could never live on their own) is considered low functioning.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Diagnostic Scale

Sharon asks…

AS: High Functioning and low-Functioning?

Hi there YA community – I was wondering what the ranges are of Asperger‘s Syndrome and what qualifies and what doesn’t. For example:

I met two kids with AS in High School. One spoke solely in monotone, tortured small animals in his spare time, smelled awful and never shaved, screamed obscenities for no reason on a regular basis, could fall over standing still and couldn’t run ten feet without tripping over himself, had perpetually glazed-over eyes and screamed anything random and pointless he could think of. He considered everybody else in the world a total retard, tried to burn down an abandoned house near the school and eventually was expelled for trying to steal all the pencil-sharpeners (he got through one).

The other never spoke to anybody or initiated a conversation, but when I spoke to him I found out he had an I.Q. of 160 and the intelligence to prove it- he had an encyclopedic knowledge of engineering, biology, essentially ALL the sciences, as well as all the Star Trek Episodes and he had drawn vast and complex geometric murals of aliens, robots and such. He never offended anybody and essentially stayed out of everyone’s way, preferring his private world to the one that was surrounding him.

Which one of these is more common? Does AS really have this much range or are these two simply misdiagnosed?

admin answers:

The second one is quite common, but the first one sounds either misdiagnosed (not AS) or has some very serious non-AS issues going on…..but yes, the range of personalities, abilities etc is vast.

*** All Aspergers, by clinical definition, are High-functioning. Anyone who is scored as Low-functioning (global functioning scale) is prevented from receiving an AS diagnosis by the diagnostic criteria….though mistakes do get made.

Levels of functioning relate to how you can survive in the real world – fianances, self-care, feeding yourself etc – and are not based on IQ, personality or temperament. As awful as the first person seems, you’ve said nothing to prove he’s not high-functioning.

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