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Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Autism and Asperger Syndrome

Autism and its milder form Asperger Syndrome, often referred to together as autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) are conditions which make it hard for sufferers to communicate or interact with others, or to develop what most people would consider ‘normal’ emotional responses. Around half a million people – that’s one in a hundred – have ASD in the UK. The condition can be mild, in which case the impact on ordinary life is low, or so severe that sufferers struggle to function in social situations. It can make the world seem a strange and scary place.

So what are the main symptoms of ASD in kids? Often they will be late learning to walk and talk, and have difficulties communicating their feelings or needs. Even after they have learned to talk, they will have difficulty maintaining a conversation. As they get older they may seem distant and detached, uninterested in affection, come out with unexpected or inappropriate things in social situations and struggle to do what they’re told.

ASD sufferers lack what’s called a ‘social imagination’. This doesn’t mean they have no imagination at all. Far from it! Instead they tend to take jokes, slang and phrases like ‘that song is wicked’ literally. They won’t be interested in making friends or playing games, may become obsessed with things or routines, and will appear insensitive to other’s people’s feelings.

There are no specific medical tests to confirm ASD, but a doctor will be able to give a diagnosis by the time a child is three years old. Nor is there any specific cure but, depending on the severity, kids will be assigned a range of specialists who will help your child as he or she develops.

All of this can make living with an ASD-sufferer challenging, yet many kids with mild Aspergers cope fine in ordinary schools and go on to live fulfilling, independent lives. Your doctor or specialist will be able to recommend support groups, and for an insider’s view of the condition, the acclaimed novel The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night by Mark Haddon describes the world from the perspective of a 15 year old boy with Aspergers.

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My 2 year old grandson does not talk but just babble we went private and had grommets in his ears 6 weeks ago, he now says the odd word such as no mummy daddy baby. We have been told he is on the spectrum still. But I think because he's had severe glue ear and the NHS appt took too long over a year ( that's why we went private) I don't think he's autistic? He's clever affectionate loves my piano he's not bothered about routine, he's gentle, his eye contact has improved he understands every word. He goes to nursery every morning but they too insist he's on the spectrum? His lack of social interaction with the other children is what they are concerned about? Am not convinced? What do you think





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Hi, my son wasn't diagnosed with glue ear until aged 3 and it was some time after that when he had grommets put in. After that his development was exponential but even so it has taken years for him to catch up. We were told he was on the spectrum and a special needs child but actually he was just a little boy who had glue ear which hadn't been diagnosed and so his development had been unusually slow. Lack of hearing affects all areas of development and we spent hours teaching him eg catching a ball. Now he excels in a number of sports and he is predicted mostly As at GCSE. I wouldn't worry about your grandson. He will need time to catch up but I'm sure he will be fine.

I Have a 17 year old child named max, who is terrible in social situations and is always last to get a joke. He is very awkward around other people





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i have a 16month old daughter whos currently attending a physio, an ot and a speech and language therapist on a weekly basis as she has significant motor delay and mild hypotonia. i am very concerned about her day to day behaviour, she has very little to no eye contact with ppl even me and her father and sisters, she tends to flap her arms and wrists alot and never responds to her name or loud noises. she has had her hearing checked which is completely normal but to me she seems like she is constantly in her own world. she doesnt take notice of her 2 older sisters of 7yrs and 4yrs and prefers to be in her own company all the time. she shows no affection wat soever and hates being touched. i am at the stage now where i feel like im stuck at a deadend as im not getting any answers and i feel so helpless can any1 please give me some advice as to wether i should keep fighting for answers or let her develop in her own time ....





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hi their my son is 3 i have recently had a diagnosis for him for asd spectrum , i am sill unsure if he has asperges or the more severe autism. He attacks kids and myself wen out he does cuddle kids and pass them toys aswell but then out the blue he will push them or pull hair and laugh , he isvery very active forever climbing my kitchen units and going into cupbaords. He also has an obsession wih the toilet and if idont let him flush it he will get very angry . He still isnt talking yet he makes alot of sounds, points wen he wants something sings rhymes with the right tone but no words . He is very clued up as to what is going on around him if i am on the phne or turn away he will find the oppurtunity to et what he wants. He follows a couple of instructions e.g put it in the bin, take your coat of , however they involve the same key words all the time. He can be very affectionate and goes up to strangers and greets them but other times he will hit strangers or grab. I lovemy son very much he is my world and i would just like an opinion as to if his autism may be severe or is it mild as he follows certain instructions and shows emoti like being affectionate e.t.c





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Hi am I 13 year old and I have autism does it make you different and learn different





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My son (aged 3) started nursery school in Jan 2012. Within two weeks his teacher had pulled me and expressed her concerns that he may have aspergers! I have been monitoring his behaviour and so has his teacher although she told me school can not intervine until he is of reception age....another 15 months away yet. I would like to get the ball rolling for a diagnosis but don't know where to even begin! Can anyone advise me! I am so new to all of this!





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Hi you can go to your gp or health visor an express your concerns an asked to be referred to a pediatrician. I went through my health vistor she was really good my son is 2 an has just been diagnosed with ASD.

As them to get the FIRST team involved. They should be able to suggest stratergies to help the Nursery. Also see your Health Visitor.

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My daughter has just turned 2. She is completely the opposite to her older sister. she was late, crawling and walking. She doesnt really talk properly she just babbles. she gets very frustrated when trying to communicate with people. she is very shy in front of strangers and she hates loud noises, such as a hoover, hair dryer, lawn mower. she freaks out when she hears these kind of noises. Her moods change so rapidly, one mionute shes happy and laughing and the next shes either crying over nothin or goes into complete whinging mode that can go on for hours. My mum mentioned autism to me a while ago but i just thought that couldnt be possible. I am now thinking alot about it and im unsure whether this could be the case?





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Hi I'm a gran and my grandson is just coming up to 2 he cannot cope with hoover hair dyer and does not respond to his name and often shuts his eyes tight if he feels his space invaded he makes a lot of noise but does not really form words or point to "where is your nose eyes ears mother" i do not feel I can talk to my daughter about this I was please to see your mum spoke to you,

i think my child is showing signs of autismi was just reading a few things and seeing the way he is





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I am an high functioning autistic 18 year-old. I can read and write, and I am really good at math and working with mechanical things. I can learn things really quickly if they are some sort math and can memorize numbers for a really long time just by looking at it for 3 seconds. Even though these things are positive life is not easy as I cannot relate well with others. Even though I can talk I don't really communicate my thoughts and feelings at all. I have a really difficult time maintaining friendships and feel lonely a lot of the time. I really want to get better at these things and feel like a normal person for once. This is the first time I have sought out help and I'm wondering what I should do. Thanks





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my 14yr old daughter has jst recently been diaignosed with aspergers her dad and myself divorced when she was 5yrs





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