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What are the long term outcomes for people with Aspergers?

The long term outcomes for those with Aspergers and High Functioning Autism depends on the severity of their symptoms, their baseline IQ, their ability to communicate, and what kinds of interventions and support they receive. Those who come from supportive families, retain a reasonable sense of self-esteem, and become relatively well-educated, stand a good chance of getting into solid relationships, finding good jobs, and having a normal life.

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jean said...

my husband and grown children have aspergers,husband also has a.d.h.d.,but stayed in normal school,but failed exams due to poor concentration,his passion in life is transport and driving,so all his jobs involve this,he has neve3r been out of work and no depression,but still at 70 yrs old very manic and controlling,oldest daughter has a/s,a,d,h,d,plus serious mental health probs,has hi I Q but cant work,isolates herself,younger daughter very passive a/s with o,c,d,she works part time and raises her kids,so like every other family,it varies,but only ones who are happy are ones who made career out of thier obsession,

Anonymous said...

This is a great question. As a parent of a 21 year old can tell you they do grow up to be pretty amazing. He is able to do much more with continued support & coaching. This is an everyday topic of discussion amongst the parents & support program providers for young adults currently. We participated in a transitsion program specific to life skills & employment. This proved help significantly. Housing is now being a serious discussion as well between parents & providers. My hope is these initiatives will find the funding to support the young adult aspire community to foster greater independence. My son now drives, works part time & is motivated to be independent. However These supports I find to be necessary & ongoing.

Anonymous said...

Often I think that my personality would go over much better if I were rich. I don't do well with politics, I say what people are afraid to say, I don't get invited to social functions where deals and loyalties are made. I struggle daily with the interaction. I would never want my aspergers child to endure this for 20 plus years. Had I known I had aspergers, I would have stayed in a more technical field but even that would be hard because we aren't all innovators who can put thoughts to action. Most don't know how to turn the idea into steps. It's important that happiness and well being be the goal before "the ladder of success"....NASA engineer for 20 years.

Anonymous said...

Crystal ball anyone?I think the outcome depends on the imput .Simply stated in school some teachers get it some do not.Those who do get it deserve a crown those who do not get it miss a huge opportunity.The JOY is in the journey.

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

Social rejection has devastating effects in many areas of functioning. Because the ASD 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 Children on the Spectrum

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 or HFA child is totally out-of-control. When it ends, both you and your 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 Teens on the Spectrum

Although Aspergers [high-functioning autism] is at the milder end of the autism spectrum, the challenges parents face when disciplining a teenager on the spectrum are more difficult than they would be with an average teen. Complicated by defiant behavior, the 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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Older Teens and Young Adult Children with ASD 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 ASD 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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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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