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Aspergers: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Are individuals with Aspergers more likely to be involved in criminal activities?

2. Can Aspergers occur with another disorder?

3. Can Aspergers occur with Attention Deficit Disorder?

4. Can the person develop normal relationships?

5. Could a difficult pregnancy or birth have been a cause?

6. Could Aspergers be a form of schizophrenia?

7. Could Aspergers be inherited?

8. Could the pattern be secondary to a language disorder?

9. Could we have caused the condition?

10. Do girls have a different expression of the syndrome?

11. How can you reduce the person's level of anxiety?

12. How do you share the news?

13. Is the person likely to become depressed?

14. Is there a specific area of the brain that is Dysfunctional?

15. What are the advantages of using the term Aspergers?

16. What are the changes we can expect during adolescence?

17. What is the difference between High Functioning Autism and Aspergers?

18. What is the difference between the syndrome and the normal range of abilities and personality?

19. What should we look for in a school and teacher?

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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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