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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.


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?: 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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Diagnosis and Definitions for Autism Spectrum Disorder

It is known there is no specific diagnostic test for Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the best way to get a diagnosis is to make a multi-disciplinary evaluation.

A psychologist or psychiatrist experienced with Autism Spectrum Disorders can make a diagnose for adults, and in what concerns children, they must be tested by a number of professionals, which will provide the needed information to make decisions about program and treatment approaches.

It was seen that the age of diagnosis ranges, depending on the circumstances from approximately 18 months through to adulthood.

Autism Spectrum Disorder deals with several labels, for example at an end of the spectrum there can be diagnoses like “Asperger Syndrome”, “High Functioning Autism” and “PDD-NOS”, and at the other end, we can find labels like “Autism”, “Classic Autism” and “Kanner Autism”. Several labels place people at different points of the spectrum.

We can say that the term Autism Spectrum Disorder is used because there is a great variation from person to person, which depends on the severity and combination of each area of impairment. It is known that together with Autism Spectrum Disorder may exist also other conditions or disorders, like speech and language disorders, anxiety and depression, intellectual disability, epilepsy, attention disorders, Tourette Syndrome and Down Syndrome.


Usually, before the age of 3, in autism, clearly appear severe and sustained impairments in the social and communication areas. The child is observed as being different than other children, he is anxious, responds unusually to many different stimuli, has poor attention and motivation, and speech can be delayed or largely absent. The child can also have a range of ritualistic behaviours, like hand flapping, finger gazing or toe walking. It was seen that the child or adult with autism can be also intellectually disabled.

We can mention a loosely used term to describe a child or adult who meets the criteria for a diagnosis of Autism, but is not as severely affected as the more classically autistic person-High Functioning Autism.

Asperger Syndrome deals with severe and sustained social impairments, but the impairments in the language and communication area aren’t so severe. The speech develops within the normal age range, but effectively communication is impaired.

It was seen that the impairments become more evident as the child reaches pre-school and school age, being more subtle in the very young child.

There can also be given a diagnosis for children who present with some of the characteristics of either Autism or Asperger Syndrome, but not severe enough for a diagnosis of either of these conditions and this is Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified.

More informations about autism causes or about autism symptoms can be found by visiting http://www.autism-info-center.com/
More informations about autism causes or about autism symptoms can be found by visiting http://www.autism-info-center.com/
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Independent Living

Nua Healthcare recently lodged a planning application to Laois County Council for 6 independent living cabins on our site in Portlaoise.Taliesin, a semi independent complex is a six acre site on the border of  Portlaoise town.

Each cabin has been designed to cater for 1 individual in a studio apartment type layout. Each cabin will be wheelchair accessible throughout, have a spacious bedroom, bathroom and kitchen / living space.The cabins are purpose designed to accommodate individuals with Asperger Syndrome who wish to make a clear transition toward independent living .

Residents of the cabins will be supported by Nua Healthcare staff who will be stationed in the central medium support unit. Cabins provide ample space to and opportunity for individuals to live independently whilst having tailored supports on call to assist with any difficulties. An educational program has been purpose developed to support each individual in making the step toward independent living. Several of Nua Healthcares existing service users are engaged in this program and are already making the transition into the base Taliesin facility We would hope over time that they will then make the transfer into the Independent living cabins.Based on the success of this program, we hope to eventually acquire an apartment / housing in the local town to provide a clear transition though our service from high support to discharge.We are very excited about this new development and feel it will be a flagship service unparalleled in Independent living for people with Autism. Find out more by visiting http://www.nuahealthcare.ie

Nua Healthcare

Chapel View Lodge Gormanstown

Kilcullen Co Kildare


Phone: + 045 481661

Fax: + 045 481664

Email – iinfo@nuahealthcare.ie

Nua Healthcare was formed in 2004 by a group of experienced social care professionals to fill a significant gap in services for people with Asperger Syndrome / High functioning Autism. Prior the organisations inception, many individuals were faced with being inappropriately placed in learning disability or psychiatric services. This was of great concern / stress to individuals and families affected by the condition.
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Day Service

Nua Healthcare Launch new day service in Portarlington for people with
Asperger Syndrome & high functioning Autism

Nua Healthcare have just launched a brand new day service for
individuals with Asperger Syndrome and Autism in Portarlington. This
2000 sq foot facility provides  courses such as social skills, drama,
computers, crafts and culinary training. The unit was purpose built to
cater for a small client group with 6 separate areas for separate
activities. Individuals receive a high level of staff intervention and
programmes designed specifically to their needs.

The unit has just opened but we hope to eventually provide FETAC
courses up to level 5. Individuals with Asperger Syndrome / High
functioning Autism will be able to avail of educational activities
that can provide them with the equivalent of a leaving certificate
qualification. This facility also caters for individuals with learning
disabilities and challenging behaviour on alternate days.

More information & pictures can be seen on http://www.nuahealthcare.ie

About Nua

Nua Healthcare was formed in 2004 by a group of experienced social
care professionals to fill a significant gap in services for people
with Asperger Syndrome / High functioning Autism. Prior the
organisations inception, many individuals were faced with being
inappropriately placed in learning disability or psychiatric services.
This was of great concern / stress to individuals and families
affected by the condition.

Our first residential facility was opened in November 2004 Winterdown
Farm. Since then our service has expanded significantly. We now have
many residential units in operation as well as three state of the art
day services. Our residential settings range from adolescent, low
support, high support, secure and a new purpose developed independent
living complex.

Our staff and management have extensive experience working in the area
of developmental disability, community services and crisis
intervention. All staff are highly motivated, fully trained and
committed to quality, social inclusion and service user empowerment.
We have had great success in designing and implementing person centred
programmes for a varied client group which has led to a significant
increase in quality of life for these individuals and their families.

Nua Healthcare was formed in 2004 by a group of experienced social care professionals to fill a significant gap in services for people with Asperger Syndrome / High functioning Autism.
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Asperger’s Syndrome: New evidence-based practices & model programs for adults

This post shares information about exciting new adult-based employment programming and evidence-based practices using Life Coaching for individuals with Asperger Syndrome/high functioning autism/NVLD and related conditions.

Earlier this month, I visited with Marcia Scheiner, CEO & President of The Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership (ASTEP), a new organization formally launched in mid-February, dedicated to building long-term employment opportunities for those with Asperger Syndrome (AS). Scheiner says it is the nation’s only organization focused on creating employer demand for this segment of those diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

About 80 percent of the more than 1 million Americans with an ASD are under the age of 20 and over the next 10 years the U.S. will experience a large influx of educated and skilled job seekers who have Asperger’s Syndrome. While adults with more significant manifestations of ASD are not ready (or the world or work is not ready for them) for competitive employment, ASTEP seeks to work with programs who have college capable/graduates with this condition and major corporations and large businesses offering entry-level career opportunities such as payroll accountant, IT specialists, etc. Scheiner and ASTEP believe that there are and will be many adults at the higher end of the autism spectrum who have AS who would be highly-qualified candidates for these and other positions.

Scheiner said large, national employers also need to be educated about the talents of adults with AS and the many benefits of providing meaningful employment for them. Although many vocational rehabilitation organizations exist to work with individuals with AS, none are focused solely on creating employer demand for these individuals. ASTEP has assembled a blue-ribbon Advisory Board to help launch and guide the organization.

A related issue discussed in previous posts on this site emphasizes the difference between available services and appropriate services for adults with hidden disabilities such as AS. There are  certainly not enough options of any kind for adults with AS to access in hopes for basic, full-time competitive employment-let alone solid, living wage entry-level positions with large employers that have career track potential.

It will require looking anew at what goes into career planning for the candidate with AS on the front end in terms of the what/how of making informed decisi0ns about choosing an appropriate path,  doing substantial “field work”  in actual business settings to find out how the individual handles unscripted demand/response situations typical of working environments, and a staff that understands what is good for business and the person with AS can actually be the same thing.

A real need for plugging  performance or experiential gaps in how to deal with workplace social demands means that an agency or program entity will need to be on hand at some regular intervals to help with social transition issues in the workplace. Follow up and follow along job tracking, on-site situational assessment when necessary for substandard performance areas, targeted job coaching, and a support network of non-family adults will also be needed to make sure that job retention is achieved.

Simon Kin is an author of lifedevelopmentinstitute, One of the best educational institute site. He is writing articles on adhd program and aspergers program since long time.
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