Tag Archives: High Functioning Autism

Question?: Pdd Autism

Robert asks…

what to expect from autism screening for my 4 year old daughter?

She had delayed speech development, tantrums, tunes you out sometimes also reacts to noise. She does like affection, she will hug you most of the time, The doctor thought she might have aspergers syndrome or high functioning autism. what can i expect from the testing process?

admin answers:

They will ask you alot of questions first. You will fill out a lot of paperwork, behaviors raters etc. Then they will observe her. Mostly autism is clinical opinion but there are some raters like CARS
http://www.brighthub.com/education/special/articles/22895.aspx

this is a pretty sensitive indicator below
http://www.childbrain.com/pddassess.html

http://www.childbrain.com/pdd.shtml

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Thomas asks…

How can you tell if an adult has autism?

My Husband has been diagnosed with chronic urticaria angie-o-adeema(sorry spelling) basically his mast cells r breaking down, and he is allergic to a lot of things including his own system, his mother told me he was classed as a “slow child”, didn’t utter a word till he was 3….now im adding things up here…and what i see is a form of autism….what do u think?

admin answers:

It is very difficult to explain in one short answer what autism is because it is unique to each person. I disagree that all autism is caused by toxins and vaccines. I know there is a class of autism caused by damage from toxins, but that is not the case with my son. BTW, a good diet will make anyone feel better, autistic or not.

My son has High Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome and it is obvious that it is genetic. He acts just like my husband, my BIL and FIL, my husbands brother and father. The only difference being that my FIL and BIL have worse symptoms than my husband and son. Also, my son started speaking quite young and never lost the ability to speak. It is clear that his condition was present from birth, before he was ever introduced to dairy or gluten or toxins. He was on an optimal diet of close to 100 percent organic foods, no dairy, no wheat, no sugar, and something was still amiss.

There is a lot of information out there about autism. I think the best way to figure it out without seeing a doctor would be to read a book about Autism Spectrum Disorders, maybe one specifically about adults.

My husband and his brother were both considered slow when they were children. It is a label that was used at that time because people had no other way to explain it, not that they really may have been slow. They both received speech therapy and still have issues with misunderstanding people in conversations and having a hard time getting their point across.

Here is a great article I recently found by an adult with autism or Asperger Syndrome

http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/conditions/03/28/autism.essay/index.html

Good luck! If anything, I hope your husband can start feeling better. I know with my husband and son, being sick turns our home upside down because they have trouble expressing themselves.

P.s. Not trying to start an autism argument here. Just letting you know that there are many different opinions out there about autism.

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Question?: What Is Autism Spectrum Disorder

Laura asks…

How will Asperger syndrome and PDD be Diagnosed in the future once the definition is Changed?

I heard that instead of 3 being diagnosed with High Functioning Autism (aspergers syndrome), PDD-NOS and Autistic disorder there will only be one type
but, what if the child have mild symptoms of Autism just like Aspergers, how will they be diagnosed? How will Aspergers syndrome and PDD-NOS be diagnosed differently under the dsm-5 if they have symptoms of an autism Spectrum disorder?

admin answers:

The proposal would have 3 levels of Autism Spectrum Disorder. The mildest level would probably include many people with PDD-NOS and Aspergers Syndrome. The moderate level and more severe level would probably be more classic autism. The different levels would refer to the amount of support needed at school, at home, or in the community.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Test

Mandy asks…

Where can I get tested for aspergers?

I live on the isle of wight, and through my own online research I believe I may have Aspergers Syndrome, or possibly high functioning autism. I want to know where I can be tested for this.

admin answers:

First of all, talk to your GP. He/She should refer you to someone/ somewhere, though it is a long waiting list.

The only other problem is the travel, I’m not sure if there are any dedicated mental health centres on the isle of white, the closest may be in Totton.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In Adults

Ruth asks…

Is it common for high functioning autistic adults to live with their parents?

I have high functioning autism / aspbergers / a Pervasive Developmental Disorder. I have lived on my own and my symptoms became worse. I moved in and out with my mom – logically it seemed advantageous to both of us.

I was wondering if it’s common for autistics to be more prone to living at home – I don’t really understand it, it’s a little like a magnet.

I have trouble explaining this to others also.

admin answers:

I think that, as the other poster suggested, it has to do with routine. With your mom, you have an external schedule that determines a lot of your daily activities. If you’re on your own, you’re responsible for everything yourself. And that’s exactly something that is difficult for many autistics – all those little everyday tasks. Even if you can handle them, that’ll still demand so much of your resources that you’ll get into trouble elsewhere.
I’d suggest you check out this website: http://thiswayoflife.org/index.html There is a lot of useful information (look for Executive Dysfunction); and I guess that you can implement some strategies for yourself to get along on your own.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms In 3 Year Old

Donald asks…

Does my son have a cold or something worse?

Here are the symptoms:
Very fast heartbeat
Coughing (sounds very bad when he coughs, though.)
Fever (sometimes)
Rapid breathing
and Wheezing.

He is 3 years old and has high functioning autism if that helps.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

thanks guys!
and of course all the cold symptoms. (stuffy nose, etc)
.

admin answers:

It sounds like it could be the flu, or possibly worse, like pneumonia. I suggest you go straight to the doctor. It’s common for autistic people to get pneumonia.

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Question?: Autistic

James asks…

What parents can do to help their autistic child?

I am doing a project on autistic children. I was wondering if people had their own opinions or if you know any helpful websites. Thank you.

admin answers:

1. If you can, talk to people who have (Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) High-Functioning Autism (HFA) for suggestions on how to help an Autistic child.

2. Read books written by Temple Grandin, Ph.D who is Autistic.

3. Read books written by Donna Williams who is Autistic.

4. Visit these websites.
Http://www.wrongplanet.net/

Autism Society of America (ASAF)
http://www.autism-society.org/

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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?: Rett Syndrome Treatment

Helen asks…

Give me the meaning of autism (High functioning)?

admin answers:

What is high functioning autism, and how does it differ from Asperger syndrome? This is a tricky question, and not one that this article is likely to answer definitively. First, there is no formal diagnosis called “high functioning autism.” What’s more, there’s no agreed upon definition of “high functioning.” As a result, while the term “high functioning autism” is often tossed around, it is a hard definition to pin down.
Generally speaking, doctors prefer to group people with autistic symptoms into discrete diagnostic categories. Rett syndrome and Fragile X syndrome are relatively clear cut disorders, and thus are likely to be correctly diagnosed. Classic autism is also fairly clear cut: Children with classic autism are usually non-verbal, unengaged, and unable to perform well on standard diagnostic tests.

But then there are the people who are high functioning but also demonstrate clearly autistic behaviors. For example, depending upon their age, they can use meaningful language, read, write, do math, show affection, complete daily tasks but can’t hold eye contact, maintain a conversation, engage in play, pick up on social cues, etc. What is the correct diagnosis for such a child? Is it Pervasive Developmental Not Otherwise Specified” (PDD-NOS)? Asperger syndrome? High functioning autism?

PDD-NOS is a catch-all diagnosis. Often understood to mean the same thing as “high functioning autistic,” it really incorporates individuals at all function levels whose symptoms don’t fully correlate with classic autism. So a PDD-NOS diagnosis may provide some information to parents and teachers but cannot guide treatment.

Asperger syndrome is a much more specific diagnosis, with specific diagnostic criteria. Until recently, the biggest difference between Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism was based on whether a person developed speech typically as a toddler. Those who did develop speech typically were considered to have Asperger syndrome while those who did not (even if they developed typical speech later) were diagnosed with autism. Now, experts are wondering whether speech development is the best way to distinguish between autism and Asperger syndrome or if there even is a difference.

High functioning autism is not an official diagnostic term, though it may be used as such. It tends to describe people who have many or all of the symptoms of autism but did not develop language typically. It’s a helpful diagnosis that can help guide appropriate treatment and school placement. On the other hand, it is important to be sure that a “real” diagnosis (that is, one that is described in the official diagnostic manual) is also placed in your records. It is this “real” diagnosis which may pave the way to medical and Social Security benefits down the road.

One useful explanation of the difference between Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism comes from the National Autism Society in the UK. Here’s what it says:

Both people with HFA and AS are affected by the triad of impairments common to all people with autism.
Both groups are likely to be of average or above average intelligence.
The debate as to whether we need two diagnostic terms is ongoing. However, there may be features such as age of onset and motor skill deficits which differentiate the two conditions
Although it is frustrating to be given a diagnosis which has yet to be clearly defined it is worth remembering that the fundamental presentation of the two conditions is largely the same. This means that treatments, therapies and educational approaches should also be largely similar. At the same time, all people with autism or Asperger syndrome are unique and have their own special skills and abilities. These deserve as much recognition as the areas they have difficulty in.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome

Helen asks…

Parents who have a child with Asperger syndrome, how do they get along with peers?

I am a college student.
I am doing a study on Asperger syndrome and high functioning autism and peer acceptance.
I also have a 16 year old son who has Asperger syndrome.
Any help in this matter would be greatly apprectiated.

admin answers:

Lifeline you are wrong.

My brother is 14 and has aspbergers. Sure, he is a little awkward sometimes, but not much more than any teenager. He had issues when he was younger mostly dealing with anxiety, but he has gotten better with age and therapy. He is on medication, but he is on less as he ages. Children with aspbergers do usually have “sensitive” stomachs and may have allergies or intolerances. But aspbergers is a type of high functioning autism and will not affect a person’s life negatively if the right steps are taken-my litle brother is proof!

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