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

Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism are detected past and extra thoroughly this day than ever prior to. young children and youths with those issues usually stand out for his or her precocious intelligence and language abilities--yet profound social problems can restrict each element in their lives. This hopeful, compassionate consultant exhibits mom and dad the way to paintings with their kid's specific impairments and services to assist her or him discover ways to interact extra absolutely with the realm and stay as self-sufficiently as attainable. From major specialists within the box, the ebook is jam-packed with sensible principles for assisting young ones relate extra conveniently to peers,learn the foundations of applicable habit, and take part extra totally at school and relations existence. It additionally explains what scientists presently learn about autistic spectrum problems and the way they're clinically determined and handled. Real-life good fortune tales, problem-solving principles, and matter-of-fact suggestion on every thing from academic placements to occupation making plans make this an critical reference that households will flip to repeatedly.

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He may be distracted, but not usually by the noises and other goings-on that distract the child with ADHD: the child with AS-HFA is distracted by his own internal world, thoughts, and interests. So one reason that children are often first diagnosed with ADHD, when in fact they have AS-HFA, is that there is some overlap between the symptoms of the two conditions. A second reason is that ADHD is a common disorder, and thus clinicians are often more aware of it and better trained in its diagnosis than in diagnosis of AS-HFA.

Similarly, if he or she suddenly develops a new behavior, such as injuring himself or being quite aggressive toward others, you should seriously consider a visit to your doctor. Finally, if your child does not respond to treatment interventions as you and your doctor expect, then you should examine whether there is more going on than AS-HFA alone. You should always raise the question of comorbidity at an initial assessment if you feel that your child’s behavior doesn’t fit the typical AS-HFA profile and you suspect there is more going on.

Leo Kanner, who first described autism, wrote about children with unusually strong visual–spatial abilities. For example, one boy described in Dr. ” Dr. Asperger, on the other hand, made no mention of special visual–spatial strengths, but did highlight the imaginative, abstract, perspective-taking abilities of his patients. In his first paper describing the syndrome, he wrote: “Their thoughts can be unusually rich. . One young boy surprised us with remarks that betrayed an excellent apprehension of a situation and an accurate judgment of people.

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