HELP FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH ASPERGER'S & HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM

Education and Counseling for Individuals Affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders

Search MyAspergersChild.com

Loading...

Autism: Quick Facts

Autism is:
  • a brain development disorder that impairs social interaction and communication, and causes restricted and repetitive behavior, all starting before a child is three years
  • a brain disorder that is associated with a range of developmental problems, mainly in communication and social interaction
  • a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills
  • a developmental disability of the brain, much like dyslexia, mental retardation, or attention deficit disorder
  • a developmental disability that affects a person's verbal and non-verbal communication, understanding of language, and socialization with peers
  • a developmental disorder which is being diagnosed much more frequently today than it was ten years ago
  • a lifelong, neurological disorder that significantly affects how a person perceives the world, interacts with other people, and communicates
  • a neurological condition which people are usually born with
  • a pervasive developmental disorder, which means that for most of those afflicted, autism is lifelong
  • a severe developmental disorder that begins at birth or within the first two-and-a-half years of life
  • at least four times more common in boys than in girls
  • considered a FINAL COMMON PATHWAY because research suggests that there are several factors and conditions which may result in autism
  • equally distributed among all of the social classes and also among ethnic groups, racial groups and nationalities
  • four times more prevalent in boys than in girls and knows no racial, ethnic, or social boundaries
  • frequently referred to as a "spectrum disorder," meaning that someone can be afflicted severely or mildly, or to any degree in between
  • likely to be linked to several genes
  • marked by serious difficulties in interacting and communicating with other people
  • more common than childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis combined
  • much more common in people with certain genetic, chromosomal, and metabolic disorders, such as fragile X syndrome (an inherited form of mental retardation whose name refers to a damaged and fragile-looking X chromosome), phenylketonuria (an inherited condition in which the body lacks the enzyme needed to process the amino acid phenylalanine, leading to mental retardation) and tuberous sclerosis (a rare genetic disorder that causes benign tumors to grow throughout the body and brain)
  • not “a fate worse than death”
  • not a mental illness
  • not a psychosis or lack of reality contact
  • not the result of poor parenting
  • now diagnosed in 1 out of 150 American children, and some people believe the numbers may be under-reported
  • one of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs)
  • one of a number of possible outcomes for children with this genetic predisposition for communication or learning problems
  • one of five disorders that falls under the umbrella of Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD), a category of neurological disorders characterized by “severe and pervasive impairment in several areas of development
  • referred to as a spectrum disorder because it ranges in severity across a wide range of conditions, like the colors of a rainbow
  • the most severe of the developmental disabilities with an incidence of approximately 1 per 1000 live births
  • thought by the scientific community to be of genetic origin

More facts:
  • Children with autism are not unruly or spoiled kids who just have a behavior problem.
  • The vast majority of persons with autism are not savants, like the character portrayed by Dustin Hoffman in the movie.
  • Children with autism are not without feelings and emotions. Furthermore, no known psychological factors in the development of the child have been shown to cause autism.
  • It used to be thought that autism is just a fate that you accept.
  • According to the Department of Education and other governmental agencies, autism is growing at a startling rate of 10-17 percent per year. And although the overall incidence of autism is consistent around the globe, it is four times more prevalent in boys than in girls.
  • Most experts will say that autism is probably caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
  • One aspect of autism is that it is like being in perpetual culture shock, no matter where the autistic person goes or how long the autistic person stays.
  • Exactly what causes autism is still unknown.
  • Although a single specific cause of autism is not known, current research links autism to biological or neurological differences in the brain.
  • Although autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors, children and adults can exhibit any combination of the behaviors in any degree of severity.
  • It is important to remember that every person with autism is an individual.

No comments:

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. Thus, the best treatment for Aspergers children and teens is, without a doubt, “social skills training.”

Click here to read the full article…

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.

Click here for the full article...

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.

Click here to read the full article…

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.

Click here to read the full article…

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."

Click here to read the full article…

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.

Click here to read the full article…

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. The hardest part is you feel like you’ll never actually get to know your child and how he/she views the world.

Click here to read the full article...

My Aspergers Child - Syndicated Content