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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Quiz

Steven asks…

I supposedly have a lack of empathy and is it a big deal?

did a empathy quotient and got 5
0 – 32 = low (most people with Asperger Syndrome or high-functioning autism score about 20)
33 – 52 = average (most women score about 47 and most men score about 42)
53 – 63 is above average
64 – 80 is very high
80 is maximum

http://glennrowe.net/BaronCohen/EmpathyQuotient/EmpathyQuotient.aspx

admin answers:

Even though this quiz is called the empathy quotient, most of the questions don’t have anything to do with empathy. I got a 17, even though I do feel empathy, sometimes very strongly (and I do have Asperger’s, incidentally). Many of the questions actually involved social abilities and social intuition, which is related to empathy but not the same thing. And some of the questions seemed to have very little connection with empathy whatsoever. Like, what does being nervous about riding on a roller coaster have to do with empathy? As is the case with most online tests, you shouldn’t take your results too seriously.

Even if you do, in fact, have below average empathy, it’s not that big a deal so long as you treat people with respect and decency.

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Question?: Autism Symptoms Toddler Boys

John asks…

Could my 2 yr old son have autism?

I have a 2 yr old boy an he doesent talk yet, well nothing pastt mama baba. He throws servere tantrems sometimes I dont even know why he is so upset. he loves to run and seems completly absessed with cars but thats really all he plays with he shows little intrest in other toys. when he watches tv its like he gets sucked into it and cant take his gaze off. Most of the time when i speak to him he aks like he cant hear me and continues what he is doing and if i interupt him he starts screamng. I have never seen any other children his age throw tantrums as often and the way he does, he will throw hisself on the floor an sometimes he hurts hisself doing this. He had a really bad fibril sezure when he was one and has had 2 very small ones since. but i am really getting concerned because of his behavior and speech problems.
Yes my son has had his hearing tested. i also read that many autistic kids have servere allergies and bowel problems. my son is allerigic to milk products. and was also diagnosed with the childhood form of irritable bowel. as far as communication, well evey morning when we get up i have to pick him up so he can look to see what he wants then he either points or grabs what he wants. he turned two on june2 i dont plan on having him tested untill he is at least 3. i dont want to jump to conclushions. but alot of friends and family have sudgested i have him checked for autism

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Characteristics

Autism is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than one single symptom. The main characteristics are impairments in social interaction, impairments in communication, restricted interests and repetitive behavior. Other aspects, such as atypical eating, are also common but are not essential for diagnosis.[19]

[edit] Social development

Autistic people have social impairments and often lack the intuition about others that many people take for granted. Noted autistic Temple Grandin described her inability to understand the social communication of neurotypicals as leaving her feeling “like an anthropologist on Mars”.[20]

Social impairments become apparent early in childhood and continue through adulthood. Autistic infants show less attention to social stimuli, smile and look at others less often, and respond less to their own name. Autistic toddlers have more striking social deviance; for example, they have less eye contact and anticipatory postures and are less likely to use another person’s hand or body as a tool.[18] Three- to five-year-old autistic children are less likely to exhibit social understanding, approach others spontaneously, imitate and respond to emotions, communicate nonverbally, and take turns with others. However, they do form attachments to their primary caregivers.[21] They display moderately less attachment security than usual, although this feature disappears in children with higher mental development or less severe ASD.[22] Older children and adults with ASD perform worse on tests of face and emotion recognition.[23]

Contrary to common belief, autistic children do not prefer to be alone. Making and maintaining friendships often proves to be difficult for those with autism. For them, the quality of friendships, not the number of friends, predicts how lonely they are.[24]

There are many anecdotal reports, but few systematic studies, of aggression and violence in individuals with ASD. The limited data suggest that in children with mental retardation, autism is associated with aggression, destruction of property, and tantrums. Dominick et al. Interviewed the parents of 67 children with ASD and reported that about two-thirds of the children had periods of severe tantrums and about one third had a history of aggression, with tantrums significantly more common than in children with a history of language impairment.[25]

[edit] Communication

About a third to a half of individuals with autism do not develop enough natural speech to meet their daily communication needs.[26] Differences in communication may be present from the first year of life, and may include delayed onset of babbling, unusual gestures, diminished responsiveness, and the desynchronization of vocal patterns with the caregiver. In the second and third years, autistic children have less frequent and less diverse babbling, consonants, words, and word combinations; their gestures are less often integrated with words. Autistic children are less likely to make requests or share experiences, and are more likely to simply repeat others’ words (echolalia)[17][27] or reverse pronouns.[28] Autistic children may have difficulty with imaginative play and with developing symbols into language.[17][27] They are more likely to have problems understanding pointing; for example, they may look at a pointing hand instead of the pointed-at object.[18][27]

In a pair of studies, high-functioning autistic children aged 8–15 performed equally well, and adults better than individually matched controls at basic language tasks involving vocabulary and spelling. Both autistic groups performed worse than controls at complex language tasks such as figurative language, comprehension and inference. As people are often sized up initially from their basic language skills, these studies suggest that people speaking to autistic individuals are more likely to overestimate what their audience comprehends

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A Rather Queer Year – By John Scott Holman

A Rather Queer Year – By John Scott Holman
Posted on Friday, September 14 @ 08:11:33 EDT by WrongPlanet Tips John Scott HolmanEditorial Warning: Wrong Planet is a family-friendly site. However, the following article discusses adult topics involving sexuality and includes strong language. Parental discretion is advised.

??????queer ? adj. ? (kwir)
??????1: a: worthless, counterfeit
??????b: questionable, suspicious
??????2: a: differing in some odd way from what is usual or normal
??????b (1): eccentric, unconventional (2): mildly insane: touched
??????c: absorbed or interested to an extreme or unreasonable degree: obsessed
??????d (1) often disparaging: homosexual (2) sometimes offensive
??????3: not quite well
I am queer. Forget, for a moment, Chick-fil-a or that lovable character from Modern Family; focus, instead, on the definition printed above. What does Mr. Webster have to say? How do you measure up? Queer behavior would appear to be startlingly common.
?You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.? ~Alan Alda

Are you queer?

Do you ever feel awkward and phony while donning an uncomfortable social mask? at a funeral, perhaps, or on a first date? Do you secretly engage in harmless but potentially ?abnormal? private behaviors? Have you ever believed the intensity of your interests to be a bit, well, intense, almost obsessive? Do attractive members of the same sex make you feel hot and restless within the denim confines of your new pair of skinny jeans?

Do you know the feeling of being an outsider, a misfit toy, playing the part of someone else, day after day? If you do, indeed, then you are not so remarkable ? you?re as queer as the next human being! Humankind is a queer lot; sexuality is merely one reflection of our beautiful absurdity. Eccentricity and obsessive interests are characteristic of the autism diagnosis, yet in varying degrees, they are actually characteristic of homo sapiens in general.

John Scott HolmanWhile we?re on the subject of homo? er? sapiens, I should mention that I?m also queer in the popular and crude sense of the word ? I?m a guy and I like guys. If that makes you uncomfortable, I can assure you that I understand. I?ve spent my entire life bombarded by a daily assault of heterosexuality imagery; a constant suggestion of my social irrelevance. Yeah, you?re sexual orientation makes me uncomfortable as well.

Though prejudice and social pressure inspired years of self-deception, self-loathing, and heterosexual mimicry (a: worthless, counterfeit), I can no longer deny it – I practically pranced out of the womb striking poses to the tune of Vogue. I may not be the biggest queen to ever purchase a Judy Garland album, but there?s no mistaking basic nature ? I?m a queer (homosexual), a fruit, a flamer, faggot? whichever adjective is hurled across the bar by the drunken red-neck who will soon learn the meaning of ?lanky strength.?

I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder one year ago. Six short months after my diagnosis I came out of the closet. After 25 years of claustrophobia, I no longer had the patience necessary to make my exit on quiet tip-toes, gently closing the closet door behind me. For many LGBT individuals, coming out is a process. Perhaps they tell a friend or trusted relative, then gradually the support of their confidantes brings greater courage, and they may begin to reveal their sexual orientation on a larger scale, and in a more casual manner.

Well, I?ve never respected conventional social protocol. Instead of enduring the typical, drawn out process, I chose to divulge my sexual orientation by writing an article? an article which drew? um? a decent amount of attention (gotta love the mass exposure available through social media). My family would doubtlessly have preferred a more private disclosure along with some time to come to terms with my little revelation, but hey, divas will be divas, and boys will be? appealing, with or without parental consent.

Aside from the gay, I?ve also got the Asperger?s. Unconventional? Governed by all-consuming interests (c: absorbed or interested to an extreme or unreasonable degree: obsessed)? Unconcerned with social customs, trends, and events (a: differing in some odd way from what is usual or normal). Yep, autism is a mighty queer condition.

An enormous body of anecdotal evidence suggests an unusually high percentage of LGBT among the autistic population, though few studies have explored the implications of a possible link. Is there a correlation between the mysterious and unique neurological wiring of the autistic mind and alternative sexual orientation? Or could it be that autistics like us, equipped with our natural resistance to social expectations, are simply more comfortable exploring and locating our role along the sexual spectrum. Let?s face it, sexuality is nowhere near as cut and dry as many would care to believe.

A friend once told me, ?There?s a little bi in every guy.? Since becoming deeply familiar with the autism diagnosis, I?ve come to realize that there?s also a little autism in every person. I cannot think of anyone completely absent of at least one recognizably autistic characteristic. This never fails to bring a smile to my face. That?s right ? like it or not, ?normal? is a fading concept rooted in a dying social mythology. We?re all a little queer!

This was made abundantly clear to me several days ago when I went on the most unusual date of my life! A very sweet and sexy guy arrived on time to take me to dinner. Common enough, right? Not so much?

John Scott HolmanMy date eyed me over, then nodded in approval and informed me that we would be eating at the buffet adjoining the casino. He then turned the volume knob and I was horrified to hear Weird Al Yancovic?s most recent CD. We listened to Yancovic until we reached the casino. Thankfully the drive was brief. Between songs, he spoke almost entirely of his most recent dental checkup.

Over our meal, which I struggled to select from the massive smorgasbord, my date informed me that he recently graduated from the most prestigious school of magic in the country. Yep, I was out at the casino with a professional magician on his third month of overbite treatments!

After staring awestruck as he consumed enough food to force Michael Moore into a mindless, apolitical stupor, we headed downtown and began strolling aimlessly beneath the twinkling city lights. Somehow our wanderings found us standing unexpectedly among the crowd at a Montgomery Gentry concert. Homo or not, I still shouted the words to every song and though surrounded by rednecks, there was not a single hateful word uttered. We only stayed for several songs before wading on back through the crowd and onto the city sidewalks of earlier.

?You know,? he said, ?When I was a kid they thought I had something like you. Maybe I do. Either way, I like who I am and get along just fine.?

I dropped to my knees, shaking with laughter and more than a bit relieved. ?Thank God, you said that!? I snorted. ?I?ve been trying not to diagnose you all evening!?

Some people take comfort in labels. Some people do not. Gay? Straight? Autistic? Neurotypical? Caucasian? Disabled? ADHD? One thing is for certain; all labels will become utterly useless in the event of a zombie apocalypse, nuclear holocaust, the election of Mitt Romney, or some other global catastrophe of epic proportions. An education in the magical arts, however, might come in handy.

Dr. Seuss, that wisest of contemporary philosophers, once said, ?We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.?

Upon receiving my diagnosis I made a promise ? I would be uncompromisingly true to myself no matter what the cost. I had no idea what an incredible journey this promise would take me on. Never could I have truly estimated the cost or the reward.

Though my life was fully transformed in under a year by the application of two simple labels, I do not wish to be defined by autism or homosexuality. I can credit only nature for my extra helping of quirkiness and would sooner be recognized for my personal and professional accomplishments, struggling to gain the gratification of genuine pride, a feeling which is earned rather than inheritted.

This does not mean I am hesitant to reveal any aspect of my identity. Unappologetically myself, I still strive to live by the golden rule, and demand nothing more than respect and common courtesy. Gays must set examples of self-respect, confidence, and self-advocasy at all times? because you never know who may be watching. Homosexual youth are four times more likely to commit suicide than their heterosexual peers. One act of fearlessness and integrity could unknowingly save a life. For that reason I am out and will never go back in. Besides, maybe someday I?ll fall in mutual weirdness??

Anyway, I?ll stand by my man Seuss. Own your weirdness, embrace your inner oddball, and love without shame. If you fail to do so, you may unwittingly meet the simplest criteria within Webster?s definition of queer; not quite well.


               
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Re: A Rather Queer Year – By John Scott Holman (Score: 1)
by 47x Friday, September 14 @ 12:21:30 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) This was very enjoyable and fun to read. Some really good tips as well. Thanks 🙂
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by MrDubya Friday, September 14 @ 14:51:32 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) Oh the places you will go…. Bravo. p.s. Keep writing, you’re doing it right.
Openly gay people don’t bother me. Although I am not gay, I seem to have the ability to pick up gaydar signals. Maybe this is an Aspie thing; or maybe it it just one outsider being able to recognize another outsider. I admire someone who has the strength of self to stand up and be who they are. What I have seen and experienced of society, I don’t want to be any part of it anyway.

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by SickInDaHead Saturday, September 15 @ 03:22:08 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) The term “queer” was commonly used, then considered an insult, and now it’s back. They added Q to LGBT and I’ve been wondering what the Q was for. Interesting article.
I’m a gay Aspie as well… and I’m a writer. So, thanks for your article! I think that probably a majority of gay Aspies never get diagnosed because they attribute their strangeness and sense of isolation to being gay. In my case, I know that was the reason why I never saw my autism. All I knew was that it was painful enough to be gay in a straight world, but then to make things much worse, after I came out, nothing was any better. It took a friend who was studying psychology to identify my autism and suddenly everything made sense. Now, it’s just as hard to be autistic in a neurotypical world, but it gets better every day!
Wait… but… I thought you had a girlfriend before! And I thought you were really upset by the breakup!
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by PTSmorrow Saturday, September 15 @ 11:05:02 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) I don’t understand all that fuss about sex and sexual orientation. Sorry, but i consider it about as important as other physical functions and not worth talking about.
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by Thom_Fuleri Saturday, September 15 @ 18:42:14 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message | Journal) It took me about seven years after diagnosis to come out, but I got there in the end… Social obligations got a lot easier when I realised that I’m not the only one wearing uncomfortable masks. With the exception of a few lucky people, pretty much everyone puts on an act, and when you realise that you find your own mask much easier to wear. And that you can decorate your own however you please.
Great story. And you tell it so well. I appreciate your honesty and your skill in the craft. Thanks.
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by Meistersinger Saturday, September 15 @ 22:43:35 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) While I don’t agree with the lifestyle, I have learned long ago, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” How you live your life is your business, and none of mine. Just don’t force your lifestyle on me, and I’ll do the same. If this sounds like someone with Asperger’s or even a “normal” person, then so be it! The word normal really can’t be defined, so I’m not even going to try.
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by Virginiarw Saturday, September 15 @ 23:50:18 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) I am so happy for you! I am an undiagnosed Aspie… and I believe I am bi or pan but for the most part I’ve had attraction to the opposite gender… so I guess I haven’t seriously come out to anyone or felt the need to. Is that weird? haha… Is that queer? I have to say though it might be a little less stressful if people knew. I am lucky to know I would be accepted in my community and in my immediate family… but I feel like things might become awkward… and gosh am I used to awkward as an Aspie… so I guess I do put on a mask sometimes to avoid more awkwardness then I can handle. Which I can usually handle fine, unless I feel judged by the other for my awkwardness… even if they aren’t judging me I feel anxious about it because of the past. Thanks for your post!
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by godslittlerainbow Sunday, September 16 @ 12:05:17 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) love gays, accepting them and I am a christian! I even have a gay pride flag! 🙂 Just be happy with who you are!
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by BobinPgh Sunday, September 16 @ 15:44:04 EDT
(User Info | Send a Message) For who asked above, the Q in GLBTQ is for Questioning – I guess now the people who wonder if they are GLBT are in that too. At another board I go to where there are a lot of gay men, there are an inordinate number of guys on “the spectrum” and those are just the ones who know about it. Meanwhile here, Jeffrey Deutch and John Elder Robinson – Definitely straight!
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How To See Autism As A Genuine Perspective And The Reasoning Of An Autistic Mind

For starters I am an Aspie, an individual with Asperger’s Syndrome, a mild form of autism. It seems awfully strange that I am autistic, yet I have such great language skills, especially with typing. I would write with my hand, but my hand-writing is illegible. With that being said, I have a lot to say about my perspective as an autistic man.

First off, if you know someone with autism, then you have more than likely been touched by said person, as we are often very gifted in one way or another, despite our difficulties with communicating with those we interact with. We all feel a need to belong, whether we are autistic or not! We want nothing more than to please our loved-ones, and sometimes this is hard, as we tend to go overboard with things. Autism often comes with what is known as stemming, something that we use to normalize our environment.

Let me take you on an adventure inside of an autistic mind, and how you should view autism as a genuine, yet unique perspective!

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the normal-functioning of the brain, in an otherwise healthy mind. The way we see the world is above and beyond normal understanding and functioning in the world, where we sometimes don’t understand our culture and society, and when we oftentimes dislike the cultural-norms, as we see the world as too entangled with social-customs, where problems could be solved with instead logic and reasoning, while at the same time we could affect the world with a high-capacity of intuition.

Autistic people feel that the world is unstable, mostly because of the social taboos, which are otherwise natural to us. The world would be much different if we made more sense, and not trying to control how we consume our culture. People want us to eat certain foods, when really we just want to enjoy our meals the way we want, in a healthy way, a way that most people feel is immoral. Why exactly do people believe that all wild-strawberries are poisonous? They hear it from their parents, who heard it from their grandparents, but why don’t they do their own research, or ask a professional?

We often hear that we can’t use our imagination for fun things, that we must work hard, everyday, all day, something that we want to change, as we know that humans are very social animals, and all we want is to explore our imaginations! Our perspectives show our wish to reconnect with our true-nature, the nature of exploring and enjoying life, while everyone else puts too many expectations on us. Everyone should just do what it is that is most enjoyable in life, and not being a drone!

As mentioned above, an autistic person only wants to get enjoyment and entertainment out of life. If everyone were to do what they enjoyed, the world would be a very happy and satisfied place! There are always jobs that you will enjoy, even if it isn’t extravagant. You, believe it or not, can enjoy being a janitor, but if you don’t enjoy it, you only take the job because you feel that “somebody has to do it”! Look, there are people out there who would enjoy that line of work, so leave it to them, and go after what you enjoy!

The autistic mind takes in from their environment, but they take what they get out of it and turn it into something remarkable! They try to make their living more meaningful and enjoyable, also more entertaining. If you were to live as an autistic person, you would totally change your attitude about how people should function! All you would want is to live a life that is meaningful, and you would constantly try to make the world a better place to live, not just for you, but for all who are in your perception.

Joseph D. Smith employs the Aspiezine, a topical blog and social network for those affected by and with autism, whether you are autistic or not!

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Aspergers Syndrome in Young Women

What is it really like living with Aspergers Syndrome? Frankly people with this type of Autism Spectrum Disorder vary as much as everybody else. Last summer at the grand old age of thirty something I realized that I have Aspergers Syndrome.

This came about following the diagnosis of my son who also has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Like many other people in my position I also have an older daughter who is not autistic and I have been happily married for the last 14 years.

Today we are experiencing a new autistic phenomenon i.e. there are now an increasing number of parents who are only realizing that they themselves have Asperger’s Syndrome when their child is given an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis.

I grew up in a totally different world i.e. 1970’s Ireland where Aspergers Syndrome was totally unheard of. If you had this condition back then there really was nobody to assess you or even an available diagnosis, as this so defined milder form of autism, only officially became a diagnosable condition in 1994.

So growing up I just learned through trial and error how to cope. Australian Professor Tony Attwood has a particular interest in studying the psychological make up of young women with Asperger’s Syndrome. He too feels that the so called ‘Aspie female,’ learns her social rules through observing other girls from a young age. Eventually he claims she can in fact become a master of deception. Often a woman with undiagnosed Aspergers Syndrome have expertly learned how to copy every move, conversation and mannerism from her non-Aspie friends and associates. Observation and intuition, along with being female often means that the young Aspie woman often presents very differently from her male counterparts.

However no matter how good these girls become at acting the part or as one successful Aspie female author once put it in a very well received autobiography i.e. Donna Williams in her book, ‘Pretending to be Normal.’ Inside in these young women’s minds there exists unimaginable turmoil.

Dr. Tony Attwood has also often pointed out in his extensive writing about girls with Aspergers that these females can certainly act the part of being neurotypical but underneath the facade these girls are often psychologically very insecure or maybe even unstable. Many young women out there without an official diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome will often go on to develop other problems that may mask their primary condition completely. Often to such an extent that this diagnosis never becomes recognized as the real source of their sensitivity, pain or anguish.

The young woman with Aspergers Syndrome can often develop any myriad of other issues because they actually have undiagnosed Aspergers Syndrome. Many female ‘Aspies,’ who have never received any early intervention and no on-going support whatsoever unfortunately often cannot take the strain of denying who they really are continuously. Every social interaction must be psychologically rather than instinctively played out until it becomes a tough, wretched existence constantly living with the pressure of trying to be something that you are not.

Pretending to be normal unfortunately can also lead to the development of personality disorders such as Borderline Personality Disorder or Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Or a myriad of other psychological conditions such as recurring Depression, Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Alcoholism, Drug Addiction, or Anorexia Nervosa.

It is very unfortunate that this is still happening considering how much information is now available about Aspergers Syndrome. While many people may still not know an awful lot about the condition they will at least have heard of it. There are practically no people today who do not know at least a few individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum.

Many people told me my son was just shy, didn’t talk much and wasn’t highly sociable because he was like me. But I on the other hand have always known that I felt different but I just never knew why. I did know though that I didn’t want my son to spend his life wondering why he felt on the outside looking in like I did. Instead I want my child to know from an early age why he feels different and in doing so give him a strong sense of self-worth that will hopefully allow him to grow up understanding fully who he is and how his mind works.

There are still huge economic and bureaucratic barriers to diagnosing children with Aspergers Syndrome, in Ireland in particular. Also with the current bleak state of the economy cut-backs are affecting all children with psychological conditions hugely.
If you look the same as another child then many may just think that you seem a bit strange but there’s nothing obvious to worry about. What we need to make people more aware of in this country is that an undiagnosed autistic child is very likely to go through severe emotional trauma inside their minds growing up and this unfortunately often leads to them having a low sense of self-worth that will then affect their whole life.

Children with autism lack often social skills can have great communication barriers and often think and feel with great sensitivity. I believe that if you give a child with Aspergers Syndrome/ High Functioning Autism the appropriate early intervention then they can go on to live a rich, fulfilling life. However deny them this help and they will be a burden on the state forever due to the psychological damage they will suffer in their formative years.

Mary is currently a full-time carer to her son Adam but hopes in the near future to return to a part-time career as a freelance journalist and writer. She is currently blogging about her experiences of living with Aspergers Syndrome in Ireland today on her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mary.kellygodley. At present she is also working on a Memoir, ‘On the Spectrum,’ about her personal experiences of Aspergers Syndrome and her son’s autism story.

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Some Basic Facts About Autism and Related Developmental Delays

Autism disorders affect children as early as six months of age and are apparent by seven years of age. Children with autism experience the world differently than the rest of us. They see things differently. They learn things differently. They will even communicate differently. It is especially important to understand this. These children are often ostracized within the community because most people just don’t understand what they are experiencing. These children are not sick, they are not less intelligent than the rest of us, but they are simply different.

These disorders involve trouble dealing with social situations and interacting on a social level. However, this is the main symptom of autism present themselves in pair or groups, this is the determinant for diagnosing the difference in most cases. Even children diagnosed with autism present the disorder differently. Children with developmental delays and autism related syndrome simply lack the ingrained intuition needed in social situations. They are unable to read body language, emotional cues, as well as environmental ones. They dislike changes in their routine and this can present them as stubborn and willful, argumentative and unmanageable. This is where patience from their parents and teacher becomes a mandatory part of their life.

If diagnosed young, children with autism can be taught the necessary skills needed in dealing with everyday life. Keep in mind that they are never going to handle it the way other people do and depending on the severity of their symptoms, they may always need a caregiver of some sort. Still, the goal is to help such children deal with their life, learning experiences. It is equally important for people surrounding them be as comfortably and well-adjusted as possible. Placing them in an educational environment specifically geared towards children with autism and other developmental disorders is the first step in this helpful therapy.

Children with these disorders need to feel that they are still loved. Even if they don’t show affection in the normal way, compassion, nurturing, and love is still felt and the lack of such emotional contact can leave the child feeling even more anti-social, depressed, and lonely. This is dangerous to any child’s well-being and especially that of a child with autism. Due to certain physical characteristics such as odd facial expressions, children with this disorder are often bullied and picked on by other kids their age. So, while it is necessary for such children to interaction with people and children in social situations, it may be beneficial for most of their time to be spent in an environment of understanding and acceptance.

The world needs to be taught a few things as well, not just these children. We need to begin to see them as a part of our society not as a stigma. Parents should be teaching their children the values of acceptance, patience, kindness and compassion for those different than themselves. It takes the cooperation of both sides to achieve peace.

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