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Can you tell me how can I know a 3 year old child has asperger's syndrome?

Social give and take: Social give and take problems: not having good eye contact to not being able to join up with peers ideas for play. Prefer to be alone/not seeking to start social interaction. This is central and it is not situational e.g like a social anxiety. Two other key areas: social communication probs and restricted patterns of behavior. Full criteria at: http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/diagnosis ...Read more

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Asperger's Syndrome (Definition)

Asperger's syndrome is a developmental disorder affecting a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Common symptoms include unusual nonverbal communication, not being sensitive of others' feelings, having difficulty understanding humor, and speaking ...Read more


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I have a 3 year old diagnosed with aspergers. What can we expect as treatment?

I have a 3 year old diagnosed with aspergers. What can we expect as treatment?

Aspergers Treatment: I have a family member with Aspergers. This is similar to autism, but is a much more mild form. You are fortunate that the diagnosis was made at an early age. With therapy they can learn how to interact in social situations and even go off to college and become very independent contributors to society. I would find a specialist who treats Aspergers and autism as soon as possible and begin therapy ...Read more

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How would a fourteen-year-old with aspergers react to something loud like an alarm going off?

How would a fourteen-year-old with aspergers react to something loud like an alarm going off?

Depends on Child: It all depends on that individual child. While many children with autism spectrum disorder, including asperger's, share similar characteristics, they all have individual traits and qualities. There is no way to predict how any one teenager will react to a loud noise. ...Read more

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How would a fourteen-year-old with aspergers react to something loud like an alarm going off? Would he freak out?

It depends...: Like any other human, people with asperger's will react to a change in the environs as you and i might. A person with aspergers tends to want a routine in the day, more so then others and a disruption may lead to difficulty adjusting to the disruption. Aspergers is a spectrum for severity. The more severe the disorder to more fixed in the routine, and the more that person will react to a change. ...Read more

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My 18 year old son has Asperger syndrome. He is heading off to college. What medical consultations do we need before we send him off?

My 18 year old son has Asperger syndrome. He is heading off to college. What medical consultations do we need before we send him off?

Great question!: Aside from general physical which would be wise, there might be need to update educational or neuropsychological testing, especially if he might need accommodations in college. Most colleges require testing completed within the past two years for accomodations. Wise to seek and have him hook up with a psychiatrist local to the college, &/or the counseling center for meds/monitoring/support. ...Read more

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How do you best talk to a 7 year old child with aspergers?

How do you best talk to a 7 year old child with aspergers?

Kneel down: So your face is at his level, make eye contact, in a non distracting environment, and end with a hug. ...Read more

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Would it be more beneficial to continue mainstreaming my 8 year old child diagnosed w hfa w adhd, gdd/asperger vs placing her in a special ED school?

Would it be more beneficial to continue mainstreaming my 8 year old child diagnosed w hfa w adhd, gdd/asperger vs placing her in a special ED school?

Ask school: The best think for your child is for you to team up with his teachers and school to get their opinion as to how he is doing. The school district is required by law to evaluate him to see if he needs special help if he has a confirmed medical diagnosis that may get in the way of his education. Sometimes you have to push the school to do it but collaborating is always best. Ask if he needs an iep. ...Read more

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What can we do for an 18 year old with aspergers who seems to be getting more violent when he doesn't get what he wants? He still has not gotten his drivers license and is refusing to try. He also refuses to get a job, which he has held down one before.

What can we do for an 18 year old with aspergers who seems to be getting more violent when he doesn't get what he wants? He still has not gotten his drivers license and is refusing to try.  He also refuses to get a job, which he has held down one before.

This is difficult.: Difficult because the 18yo is now an adult in most states. As an adult the 18yo has a right to make one's own choice even if the choice is not perfect. The answer would be to find a counselor who the 18yo trusts and who can help the 18yo to make educated choices. However, if the 18yo is not able to take care of oneself there may be a legal option to find a guardian who can step in. ...Read more

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How do I get a 10 year old boy with aspergers syndrome to eat healthy foods?

Provide good food : Aspies have very narrowed interests that they defend with awesome pedantism. Try to provide nutritious foods within their parameters. Arguing with an aspie is futile and can lead to conduct problems. This isn't to recommend they eat whatever they want, but use wise choices within their menu of likes. See <http://ww. ...Read more

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