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 ...
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
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
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
lack of eye contact
clumsiness and coordination problems
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
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:
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:
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
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?