A parent's guide to asperger syndrome and high-functioning by Sally Ozonoff PhD, Geraldine Dawson PhD, James C. McPartland

By Sally Ozonoff PhD, Geraldine Dawson PhD, James C. McPartland PhD

Written via best specialists within the box, this publication presents a lot wanted info and recommendation for folks of youngsters with Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism. it really is choked with useful feedback for aiding youngsters stay a whole and chuffed existence at domestic, in school, and within the social global, and nurturing their progress into self-sufficient adults. Asperger syndrome and high-functioning autism are detected Read more...

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Also, the period of normal development is longer than in Rett’s: the regression occurs after at least 2 (and up to 10) years of normal development. Prior to the regression, the child appears perfectly normal, interacting with others, talking, playing, and taking care of him- or herself at the level appropriate for his or her age (for example, using the toilet and eating independently). There is then a loss of skills, with the child withdrawing, no longer talking, losing thinking skills, bowel control, and other abilities.

Without a diagnosis, they would fall through the cracks of the system even more, perhaps not obtaining needed services or being labeled as disobedient, willful, or difficult, because no one appreciated the nature of their problems. Whether we like it or not, the specific conditions listed in the DSM, such as autism or Asperger syndrome, do not cover all possible variations of symptoms that appear in children. In fact, the DSM acknowledges this truth by including a “Not Otherwise Specified” (NOS) diagnosis within every type of disorder (for example, someone might be diagnosed with mood disorder NOS when he shows some symptoms of depression but does not meet full criteria for the disorder).

Children with AS-HFA often can’t help in the diagnosis of a co-occurring condition because their self-awareness is limited and they have poor insight into their own emotions, difficulty reading their own and others’ mental states, and limited ability to talk about abstract concepts. This is where parents and professionals who know the child well can step in. It may be up to you to spot and report any clear changes in behavior or thinking 43 UNDERSTANDING ASPERGER SYNDROME AND HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM Table 3.

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