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Andrew 03-09-03 09:07 PM

Asperger's Disorder Symptoms
 
Asperger's Disorder Symptoms

Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:

*marked impairment in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction
*failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level
*a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people (e.g., by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)
*lack of social or emotional reciprocity

Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:

*encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus
*apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals
*stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements)
persistent preoccupation with parts of objects

The disturbance causes clinically significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.

There is no clinically significant general delay in language (e.g., single words used by age 2 years, communicative phrases used by age 3 years).

There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behavior (other than in social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood.

Criteria are not met for another specific Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia.

Criteria summarized from:
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

From Mental Help Net

bandie08 01-29-07 09:43 AM

Sound like me alright hehe

netsavy006 01-29-07 09:51 AM

I know I fit the bill since I have the dx for 5 years and was confirmed by 6 differnt doctors.

netsavy006 01-29-07 09:51 AM

I was dx'd in 2002...

Ace 05-21-07 12:32 PM

All in the family?
 
I am a "grandma" aged person diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago. I received good counselling and I take Ritalin, but I still have big problems accomplishing things.

I could trace a line back to my mother and her hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Who knew so many years ago--50--about diagnosis and treatment?

Today I received an email from my sister's adult daughter. She has a son with autism (now 9 years old). She also has a son who is 6, and has just been diagnosed as having Asbergers. Why did it take so long? The first boy was diagnosed at 2. I had visited them two summers ago, and the older boy, affectionate and quiet, was the one who needed full-time attention and one-on-one guidance. The younger one was a sweet, curious, demonstrably affectionate, social kid. Is he changing?

This family has the resources to deal with this financially, but I know it is going to take even more of their dedication and understanding.

Maybe these differences are genetically related.(?)

speedo 05-21-07 05:36 PM

I don't know enough to tell you why your nephiew was only recently diagnosed with aspergers syndrome. However I can speculate a little.

First of all, it is commonly held that the majority of people who have aspergers syndrome are never diagnosed. Secondly, the milder the symptoms the less likely it is that it will ever be diagnosed. Furthermore, the older the patient gets the more reluctant the medical profession is to diagnose aspergers syndrome.

Basically, if you do not have compelling symptoms and/or were not diagnosed at an early age, there is a fair chance you never will be diagnosed with aspergers syndrome.

I suspect that the very mild cases are hardest to diagnose, and to make it more difficult, aspergers syndrome can be difficult to distinguish from adhd in some people... particularly in children, and even more so in children who do not have obviously compelling autistic traits.

I doubt that he is changing, but there is most likely some observed set of traits that caused the doctor to diagnose aspergers syndrome.

The child may be very social, he may have a strong desire to be social (or not). A lot depends on the person. One of the key problems is an impairment on nonverbal communications.... meaning that the AS child might not be very able socially regardless of the desire to be social.

Aspergers is most likely genetic in origin and it is something that a person either does or does not have. It can be mild, or severe.. the expressed traits of AS vary a lot from one person to the next and it can be hard for doctors to diagnose.

I hope this helps
Me :D

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ace
I am a "grandma" aged person diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago. I received good counselling and I take Ritalin, but I still have big problems accomplishing things.

I could trace a line back to my mother and her hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Who knew so many years ago--50--about diagnosis and treatment?

Today I received an email from my sister's adult daughter. She has a son with autism (now 9 years old). She also has a son who is 6, and has just been diagnosed as having Asbergers. Why did it take so long? The first boy was diagnosed at 2. I had visited them two summers ago, and the older boy, affectionate and quiet, was the one who needed full-time attention and one-on-one guidance. The younger one was a sweet, curious, demonstrably affectionate, social kid. Is he changing?

This family has the resources to deal with this financially, but I know it is going to take even more of their dedication and understanding.

Maybe these differences are genetically related.(?)


charonshanti 05-25-07 01:23 PM

Taking awhile
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Ace
She also has a son who is 6, and has just been diagnosed as having Asbergers. Why did it take so long? ....

Maybe these differences are genetically related.(?)

Dr. Piven recently lectured at the M.I.N.D. institute regarding autism (this and other great lectures available for view at http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mindins...ed_events.html). One of the things that caught my attention was their decription of autism-like traits ("Broad Autism Phenotype", or BAP) in family members that do not have diagnosable autism but are described by others as very logical, somewhat rigid in their thinking, etc.

Recent studies have reported that siblings of autistic children have more difficulty with communication and recognizing facial cues than children from general population sampling. Determining whether these children actually fit into an asperger's or other autism-spectrum diagnosis, simply have some traits in that direction, or are responding to their environment, doesn't seem to be easy.

The good news is that 6 is still an excellent age to be diagnosed with aspergers, young enough to learn a second language--in this case, a social language--with far greater ease than an older child, and at a great spot to start identifying any sensory or other issues and developing skills to work with them.

Personally, I think any child with BAP traits or autistic-spectrum disorders in their family (including grandparents, aunts, and uncles) would benefit from this same type of training, whether they have inherited some autistic traits or not. Whether we personally inherit the genes or just learn the 'accent' from our familial interactions, early training goes a long way toward using the best from both worlds.

Dee_ 07-22-08 08:09 PM

Re: Asperger's Disorder Symptoms
 
Diagnosed with Autism and ADHD when I was 4.
Non verbal until 4 1/2

ikgbixcal 09-28-08 02:31 PM

Re: Asperger's Disorder Symptoms
 
Can some one tell me if this is a symptom of aspergers?

ok a while back i had shoulder surgury. now i always wanna strech it out over and over again. i prolly do it about 40-50 times. So whats my problem

speedo 09-28-08 08:09 PM

Re: All in the family?
 
One of the differences between autism and asperger's disorder is the age of onset. That is, asperger's may not be apparent in an individual until they are past the age of 4 or so, and in some cases older. Everything I've read says you can't diagnose aspergers earlier than age 4.
But autism can be diagnosed earlier because the delays are apparent at an earlier age.

ME :D

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ace (Post 415021)
I am a "grandma" aged person diagnosed with ADHD a few years ago. I received good counselling and I take Ritalin, but I still have big problems accomplishing things.

I could trace a line back to my mother and her hyperactivity and impulsiveness. Who knew so many years ago--50--about diagnosis and treatment?

Today I received an email from my sister's adult daughter. She has a son with autism (now 9 years old). She also has a son who is 6, and has just been diagnosed as having Asbergers. Why did it take so long? The first boy was diagnosed at 2. I had visited them two summers ago, and the older boy, affectionate and quiet, was the one who needed full-time attention and one-on-one guidance. The younger one was a sweet, curious, demonstrably affectionate, social kid. Is he changing?

This family has the resources to deal with this financially, but I know it is going to take even more of their dedication and understanding.

Maybe these differences are genetically related.(?)


Imnapl 09-28-08 08:28 PM

Re: Asperger's Disorder Symptoms
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ikgbixcal (Post 644379)
Can some one tell me if this is a symptom of aspergers?

ok a while back i had shoulder surgury. now i always wanna strech it out over and over again. i prolly do it about 40-50 times. So whats my problem

Does your shoulder hurt?

Dark-Insanity 07-21-09 04:17 PM

Re: Asperger's Disorder Symptoms
 
Yep, this sounds alot like me alright...

Heh, also alot of people think I'm annoying since I just act soo different around people. I'm usually inappropriate and laugh at things I shouldn't. That's what my grandma says anyway...but I just can't really understand alot of things unless if it's happening to me I guess (like say if someone said their relative died, I wouldn't understand until it happened to me, but then soon after the incident happened I would forget how it felt)

TINCAN 08-24-09 10:01 PM

Re: Asperger's Disorder Symptoms
 
i went out with a dude who has aspergers... and i have ADD not a good mix when complication arises let me just say thattt

ADHDKylee 09-30-09 03:40 PM

Re: Asperger's Disorder Symptoms
 
I have S-NVLD and P-NVLD which is apparently very close to Aspergers. I fit most of that, my doctor said because I want to do better socially and I am aware of my social issues I have NVLD, but if I didn't then I would have Aspergers. I was misdiagnosed as ADHD for a year or so though. It all gets so confusing.

melby1980 11-14-09 10:17 PM

Re: Asperger's Disorder Symptoms
 
Why is toe walking a symptom? I am 29 years old and was recently diagnosed ADHD, although I most of these symptoms to a T. I walk on my toes and don't realize I am doing it. It wasn't until I was living with my parents again (at 25) that it was noticed. I do not know how often I do it, but do notice occasionally that I am doing it. (maybe part of why I have an don't like to wear shoes?) I took an online quiz and scored quite high. Very interesting indeed.


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