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Volume 8

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Hi, I'm Craig Kendall, the author of The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide. In today's newsletter we are going to answer the question ...

Why does it often take years to diagnose Aspergerís Syndrome?

Problems with social interactions, preoccupations with routines, and other functional living problems are what dominates in a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome.

ASPERGERS IS TYPICALLY NOT DIAGNOSED UNTIL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Asperger's Syndrome can be diagnosed at any time during one's life. It is present from birth, but is not usually diagnosed until the child reaches school age, around six or seven. This is because the deficits that make up Asperger's become most apparent when the child tries to interact with a large number of other kids his or her own age, and tries to do a number of school related activities that may be difficult for him due to the challenges of Asperger's.

Before this, the child may have just been seen as eccentric, a little odd, maybe, but fine, or just "quirky." Once he is seen against the contrast of others his age, and asked to perform more difficult tasks, the problems become easier to see and diagnose.

EARLY WARNING SIGNS THAT A KID MY HAVE ASPERGERS

Warning signs to look for include:

  • not wanting to be around other kids

  • playing alone all the time

  • complaining that other kids hate them

  • not playing appropriately with toys

  • inappropriate emotional outbursts

  • unusual attachment to routine and need for sameness

  • lack of social reciprocation

  • not seeming to know what to say or do in social situations

  • lack of eye contact

  • clumsiness and coordination problems

  • obsessive interests

  • overly formal speaking and language

PARALLEL PLAY VERSUS PLAYING WITH OTHER KIDS

Up until a certain age, most kids do "parallel play," in other words, they play alongside each other instead of necessarily with each other. Once they get to the age where they are starting to play WITH each other, and your child isn't (late preschool age, perhaps age three or four, although it is different for everyone), then this could be a warning sign. Or not. Sometimes time is the best predictor, and you can never really be sure until you give it enough time to accurately measure your child's abilities.

A child CAN be diagnosed with Asperger's at an earlier age, certainly; it is just not as common. If the child has deficits that are striking enough to be apparent earlier in his life, and he fits the criteria for Asperger's, a child can be diagnosed with Asperger's at any time or age.

Note: my newly released book on Aspergers for Teens and Young Adults discusses bullying, anxiety, depression and what to do about it. Click here for more information:

www.aspergerssociety.org/teen_book.htm

 

Note: my newly released book on Aspergers for Adults discusses how to make and keep friends, building relationships, employment, depression and the meaning of life, therapy options and much more. Click here for more information:

www.aspergerssociety.org/adult_book.htm

 

These are just a few of the answers you will need to successfully survive and thrive with Aspergers. If you are looking for additional answers immediately, go to the following site: www.AspergersSociety.org

Some of the many questions we will be covering in future issues include ...

  • How can I get a diagnosis of Aspergers for an Adult?

  • How can I be certain that that my loved one has Aspergers and not some other condition?

  • What are the most effective ways to treat Aspergers?

  • How can I help my loved one who has overly sensitive hearing?

  • What treatments help with sensitivity to touch or having problems with the feeling of clothing?

  • How can I help my son understanding jokes, kidding, hidden messages, anything that is not extremely literal and explicit?

  • My Aspergers child has terrible social skills. What should I do?

  • My AS teenager is depressed because he is not making friends. What treatments can help?

  • Should I try to stop my Aspergers kidís obsessive behaviors?

 

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For immediate information on Asperger's Syndrome go to the web site  www.AspergersSociety.org. There you will be able to sign up for the free Aspergers newsletter as well as get additional information on the best selling book, The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide.

Craig Kendall is the father of an Asperger's child and the author of "The Asperger's Syndrome Survival Guide". You can find more information about living with Asperger's Syndrome by contacting him on this site: /www.AspergersSociety.org

 

 

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