Aspergers is a neurobiological disorder named for a Viennese physician, Hans Asperger, who published a paper in 1944 describing the autistic-like condition. Aspergers is a form of Autism, which affects the way a person communicates and relates to others. Aspergers is attached to the autism spectrum on the high functioning side. It is what is known as a pervasive developmental disorder and one that can hamper how a child studies, learns and perceives the environment around them.
For reasons that are yet unknown, Aspergers is more common in boys than in girls.
Definition of Asperger syndrome by Medicinenet.com is an autistic disorder most notable for the often great discrepancy between the intellectual and social abilities of those who have it.
Asperger Symptom Syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by an inability to understand how to interact socially.
As the prevalence of autism has increased astronomically in recent years, so has the number of available treatments and education options. Parents must sift through the many interventions and decide which is best for the education of their child. More and more parents are educating themselves; the treatment options are exciting and give hope to parents of children with autism. But the task of determining which treatments and education paths are best for each child is a great responsibility.
Once a child is diagnosed with autism, families have many questions and concerns.
Based on the U.S. Department of Education's 2002 report to Congress on IDEA the number of students with autism in U.S. schools has increased by 1354% in an eight-year period from 1991-1992 to 2000-2001 (as cited by the Autism Society of America, 2003). This increase is almost fifty times higher than all disabilities (excluding autism), which has increased in the U.S. by 28.4%.
Do you know children affected with autism find it difficult to communicate and to become socialized? There are two notions about the existence of autism. One thought is that autism is due to a bio-chemical imbalance, and the other notion is it is a psychological disorder. The autism-affected children seldom communicate with others except to fulfill their needs.
Autism spectrum disorders can be called an umbrella term since it covers classic autism, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), and Asperger's syndrome.
My son is autistic and NO, that doesn't mean he is exceptionally talented at maths, music or art. Those remarkable people are autistic savants - same problem just different.
That's the problem with autism - everyone is different!
When Jodi was diagnosed I didn't know of anyone with autism and most people I spoke to had either never heard of it, or had seen Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man. Their knowledge was therefore as limited as mine.
I didn't understand it and still don't. Autism is a complex mystery which no-one seems to be able to solve.
The Asperger syndrome affects children and adults patients by modifying their communication skills and making them unable to interact with the persons around them. The autistic disorder in most cases associates the lack of communication skills with learning disabilities.
The Asperger syndrome is an autistic disorder related to autism but with less symptoms or less serious modifications. The pure autism is rare, about one case in 5000 children and it occurs four times more often in male children than in girls.
Part of supporting an autistic means understanding autism and helping autistics cope with their fears. An autistic may fear many things including sudden loud sounds, physical contact, the dark, strange smells, etc. In fact, many autistics fear things they have no control over. However, not every autistic person has the same fears. Therefore, you need to learn what upsets your child and find ways to help them cope.
The following are 5 common fears suffered by autistics, and how you can effectively handle the situation to create a more positive experience for your child.
Unfortunately autism at this point has no known cure and very little is known about the specific causes of this condition. Diagnosing this disorder is not easy either as often the visible signs of this condition are assumed to be "bad-behavior" and behavior management programs are prescribed instead.
Our daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's Disorder when she was 13. This is Part 2 of a 3 part story about our struggles.
The rest of her primary school years were not easy. She was bullied incessantly and because she has a penchant for saying whatever comes into her head and not pulling any punches, she didn't help herself. The year after we had the psychological test done, she had a teacher who actively disliked her. I was called to the school a number of times as Jess was not co-operating.