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A guide to aspergers syndrome

Welcome to my guide to aspergers syndrome. Interestingly, individuals diagnosed with Aspergers have some, but thankfully not all, of the same characteristics as Autistics

As a guide to aspergers syndrome, it is first important to realise it is a developmental disorder that affects the way that ‘Aspies’ (as they refer to themselves) relate both to the world around them and to the people around them (they are said to march to the beat of a different drum).

This Syndrome is unfortunately a hidden disorder that can lead to discrimination in the world as others struggle to make sense of their different behaviours, responses and views.

Early diagnosis is essential, although it can be infuriatingly difficult to obtain such a thing, as one of the main difficulties with Aspergers behaviour is that it often appears similar to other disorders or even a mixture of other disorders. For instance some children are diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder then later receive a diagnosis of Aspergers Syndrome, some children have both of these disorders. ADHD and Aspergers also seem to go hand in hand for some children.

A guide to aspergers syndrome

It is with all this in mind that spurred me into creating this my online guide to Aspergers Syndrome in the hope that I could share my experiences with you. Giving you a better understanding: enabling you to express your situation: helping you to understand your own needs. So that as your own child’s advocate when faced with ‘experts’, ‘professionals’ and ‘jobsworths’ (as in …that’s more than my jobs worth) you can be to be clear and assertive.

It is important for us, as loving parents, to fight for our children’s rights as we understand our children better than anyone else and usually instinctively know that something is different from the norm.

Autism and Aspergers Syndrome can be seen in toddlers but is generally not diagnosed until much later which is very sad as most children with Aspergers will respond well to interventions and techniques. In retrospect it makes me very sad to realise that our seemingly strong willed, bad tempered, preschooler was probably an extremely frustrated and fearful individual. Our parenting with our fourth child would probably have been very different had we understood her needs better. I only wish someone had offered me a guide to Aspergers Syndrome as it applied to my child in our normal everyday lives.

As well as the triad of impairments: social integration, imagination and communication, children may also experience clumsiness, my daughter is forever bumping into things and dropping things seemingly able to see that an accident is about to occur, but not able to react quickly enough to stop it, my husband noticed that she was about to walk into a chair she had seen it in front of herself, said whoops but was unable to avoid subsequently bumping into it. She gets cross if we make any mention of these types of things, obviously a result of frustration with herself.

Time management is another area of difficulty; we find that she is unable to understand the concept of time, sometimes demanding a meal half an hour after just having eaten one. On other occasions if she knows we are going out, she is unable to fill the intervening time constructively, constantly asking when we are actually leaving (every ten minutes is annoying if we are leaving several hours later)

Hypersensitivity seems to affect most of these children who may be affected by noise levels, light and tactile experiences, and smells.

Each child is different from the other with different sets of characteristics contributing towards make them who they are; remember this is only a guide to aspergers syndrome kids, it is not an exact science.

And to end on a positive note these children can learn to be more sociable, they can and do learn and they can be very focussed (often for many hours) which can be very useful if their passions can be directed into constructive areas, such as learning to play an instrument or maths in fact anything which is concrete and literal
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