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A 34-year-old member asked:

can mutations in certain grandparents cause asperger syndrome in grandchildren?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Unsure what's meant: There is strong evidence that autism and asperger's disorder have genetic component, and it certainly is possible to "skip generations, " so a child with a grandparent who has such a diagnosis is at increased risk. We don't know, though, what genes are involved, let alone if they are mutations.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Possible: Certainly there are genetic tendencies, but they are not commercially available to test. And even if there is a family history there is no way to know for sure that that gene trait will be passed. Some genetic abnormalities are spontaneous mutations.

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How can I find out if my child has aspergers syndrome

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Dr. Neeta Jain
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Asperger: Please talk to your pediatrician, after examining the child he/she needs torefer the child to a developmental pediatrician and then the diagnosis of aspergers is to be given.
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When is it good to look for help for my child with aspergers syndrome?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
ASAP: There is ample research demonstrating that the earlier therapeutic intervention is initiated, the better the results.
Dr. Theresa-Ann Clark
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Hopefully this diagnosis was done by a team of specialists who conducted a comprehensive evaluation of your child. These providers will help design appropriate treatment plans and support. This may include a number of specialties and if your child is 3 years or older, s/he is entitled to some services through the public school system. They can also suggest parent training and support groups that are helpful. If you are only suspicious that your child has Asperger's, start with screening by a pediatrician or family doctor .
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A 44-year-old member asked:

If my child has asperger's syndrome, is violent behavior normal?

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Dr. Pamela Middleton
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No: Children with Asperger syndrome have impairment with social interaction but are not violent.
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Do kids with asperger's syndrome have problems with language?

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Sometimes: Asperger's is a high functioning form of autism, and as such, kids may not use language the way it would normally be used. Many with asperger's use language in ways described as "stilted" and awkward. It's not that they have trouble speaking, but turns of phrase, common meanings, and "sayings" go by them, and they have trouble adapting to language in a local setting.
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