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Aspergers & Heredity


Is Aspergers hereditary?


There is a strong genetic component with Aspergers, but it doesn't necessarily mean that you will inherit it from your parents, or that your children will inherit from you, only that you have a higher likelihood of having Aspergers than the general population if someone in your family has Aspergers. If both parents have autism or Aspergers, there is an even greater likelihood that they will have children with autism or Aspergers, but it does not mean that all or any of their children will. Ongoing research is attempting to determine causes of autism spectrum disorders, but there are still many unanswered questions.


Anonymous said...

If my boyfriend has it and I don't could one of our children have it?

Anonymous said...

Maybe my girlfriend seems to have it and we've been told our daughter has it in fact people commenting on our daughter lead to us looking more closely at the mothers difficultlys after researching were sure they both have it but I hope our future children wont.

Lexi our daughter headbuts things if she gets upset , aranges toys in formations and gets angry if they topple or she can't do what she wants to. She's really shy of new faces and hides behind her hands.

The mother my partner is pretty shy, she can't take criticism and blames me for everything if I say something that upsets her. Dayly tasks she can do then can't do or forgets how to its pretty stressful sometimes instead of acknowledging it she would rather leave me which is the worst thing.

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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