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Dual-Diagnosis in Children with Aspergers and High-Functioning Autism

"We have been to many professionals over the years to get help for our son. It seems as though each therapist or psychiatrist we see comes up with a different diagnosis. First, our son had ADHD ...then he had OCD ...then it was ODD ...now it's Aspergers. Who are we to trust? Can he really have all of these disorders? Help!"

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Anonymous said...

My child, Kaily is 11 years old and although she has seen many doctors about her symptoms, she has not officially been diagnosed with Aspergers. We started to have her tested over the summer but after spending $250. per appointment and with at least 5 more appts. before they could diagnose anything. They are out of network with our insurance co. We really believe she has Aspergers. Kaily is in the sixth grade and having a difficult time with socialization and organizational skills. Kailys homeowrk is a difficult tiem because she doesn't get the right papers or workbooks home. Kaily currently has an IEP with school but I wonder if she needs more. The question is,? Can we get any help for Kaily without a proper diagnosis????? If not, how do we get a diagnosis???

Anonymous said...

Its funny because its been the same road for us. First ADHD, OCD, PDD, now Asbergers. His a pain but I treat my son individually. Its a pain now Im looking for middle schools that will be able to handle him. Its hard to find schools that focus on academics and behavioral equally.

Anonymous said...

My son is 4 & he was diagnosed with all right away. I have learned from blogs, groups, etc....that each child is different. I do believe my son has all of these traits. I hope some, he grows out of.......thank God Vance goes to an awesome school & it goes all the way to 12th grade. I hope he, one day, gets into a mainstream school, if not, I am thankful he will be safe where he is & treated as a child.........

Anonymous said...

I think that if a child has an ASD those other diagnoses are all a part of it. A child who has autism needs structure and routine so they may appear to have OCD, they cannot process information very fast so they are off to the next thing, making them seem to have ADHD. That's how I see it anyway!

Anonymous said...

Aspergers kids have alot of disorders,my son has OCD,Anxiety etc.
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Anonymous said...

"I read in a book (It might have been Tony Attwood's) that it is typical for kids to get ADHD, SPD, OCD, (and even Tourette's) dxs finally being diagnosed with AS. The other conditions are common co-morbid conditions (and my 8 year old has all of them)."

Anonymous said...

with kids who have HFA ( high functioning Aspergers) the commonality is that usually there are other diagnosis such as OCD. My son also has OCD traits. like everything has to run on clock work timing. so we literally have to leave the house upon driving to school each day at the exact same time. If we don't then his Anxiety levels go through the roof. he's repetitive, and these are similar traits to OCD..although my son does not have an OCD diagnosis, you can see how they get extra diagnosis from the paediatrician. My son is almost 13, and suffers anxiety, depression, he self harms and has suicidal thoughts. The psychologist has told me that these things come hand in hand with Aspergers children. He was diagnosed 3 years ago. he's also about to start high school (we live in Australia) and so he's now become very agitated at the thought that he's about to leave the school he's been at for the past 7 years. his primary school has been his comfort and now its all about to change and he's becoming more and more anxious at that thought. Just last week he kicked a cupboard in at school and threw a table across the room. he wouldn't tell any of the teachers why he did it, but when i asked he told me it was because his teacher wanted to talk about high school with his class.....obviously this didn't go down to well at all....

Anonymous said...

this statement said it all yes I have been doing this for 8 yrs now heard it all first adhd then ocd now aspergers. Really aspergers is a relief to know that I finally found things that make sense to me!

My child has been rejected by his peers, ridiculed and bullied !!!

Social rejection has devastating effects in many areas of functioning. Because the Aspergers child tends to internalize how others treat him, rejection damages self-esteem and often causes anxiety and depression. As the child feels worse about himself and becomes more anxious and depressed – he performs worse, socially and intellectually.

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How to Prevent Meltdowns in Aspergers Children

Meltdowns are not a pretty sight. They are somewhat like overblown temper tantrums, but unlike tantrums, meltdowns can last anywhere from ten minutes to over an hour. When it starts, the Asperger's child is totally out-of-control. When it ends, both you and the Asperger’s child are totally exhausted. But... don’t breathe a sigh of relief yet. At the least provocation, for the remainder of that day -- and sometimes into the next - the meltdown can return in full force.

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Parenting Defiant Aspergers Teens

Although Aspergers is at the milder end of the autism spectrum, the challenges parents face when disciplining a teenager with Aspergers are more difficult than they would be with an average teen. Complicated by defiant behavior, the Aspergers teen is at risk for even greater difficulties on multiple levels – unless the parents’ disciplinary techniques are tailored to their child's special needs.

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Aspergers Children “Block-Out” Their Emotions

Parenting children with Aspergers and HFA can be a daunting task. In layman’s terms, Aspergers is a developmental disability that affects the way children develop and understand the world around them, and is directly linked to their senses and sensory processing. This means they often use certain behaviors to block out their emotions or response to pain.

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Older Teens and Young Adult Children With Aspergers Still Living At Home

Your older teenager or young “adult child” isn’t sure what to do, and he is asking you for money every few days. How do you cut the purse strings and teach him to be independent? Parents of teens with Aspergers face many problems that other parents do not. Time is running out for teaching their adolescent how to become an independent adult. As one mother put it, "There's so little time, yet so much left to do."

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Living with an Aspergers Spouse/Partner

Research reveals that the divorce rate for people with Aspergers is around 80%. Why so high!? The answer may be found in how the symptoms of Aspergers affect intimate relationships. People with Aspergers often find it difficult to understand others and express themselves. They may seem to lose interest in people over time, appear aloof, and are often mistaken as self-centered, vain individuals.

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Online Parent Coaching for Parents of Asperger's Children

If you’re the parent of a child with Aspergers or High-Functioning Autism, you know it can be a struggle from time to time. Your child may be experiencing: obsessive routines; problems coping in social situations; intense tantrums and meltdowns; over-sensitivity to sounds, tastes, smells and sights; preoccupation with one subject of interest; and being overwhelmed by even the smallest of changes.

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Unraveling The Mystery Behind Asperger's and High-Functioning Autism

Parents, teachers, and the general public have a lot of misconceptions of Asperger's and High-Functioning Autism. Many myths abound, and the lack of knowledge is both disturbing and harmful to kids and teens who struggle with the disorder.

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Parenting Children and Teens with High-Functioning Autism

Two traits often found in kids with High-Functioning Autism are “mind-blindness” (i.e., the inability to predict the beliefs and intentions of others) and “alexithymia” (i.e., the inability to identify and interpret emotional signals in others). These two traits reduce the youngster’s ability to empathize with peers. As a result, he or she may be perceived by adults and other children as selfish, insensitive and uncaring.

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Highly Effective Research-Based Parenting Strategies for Children with Asperger's and HFA

Become an expert in helping your child cope with his or her “out-of-control” emotions, inability to make and keep friends, stress, anger, thinking errors, and resistance to change.

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