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Aspergers/HFA and Delayed Speech

Question

Does a child with level 1 autism typically have delayed speech?

Answer

Approximately 50% of kids with high-functioning autism (HFA) have delayed speech. While many of them grow out of this by age five, others go on to experience other language problems. These generally fall into one or more of the following three areas of linguistics:

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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

My son didn't begin talking until he was 3. His doctor didn't seem to be concerned, even though we questioned this (along with other developmental issues). He understood what we said and would follow simple requests/commands, just didn't talk. He was 11 before finally being diagnosed with Aspergers. If I knew then what I know now...wow!

Anonymous said...

Hmmm...the old diagnostic manual indicated that Asperger Syndrome showed no signs of language delay. If there was a language delay, then PDD-NOS or Autism was typically the diagnosis. But (as I understand it) now there is to be no Asperger diagnosis---just the Spectrum. So, all bets are off anyway.

Anonymous said...

My son is more Aspie but didn't talk until after age 2, so he is diagnosed PDD-NOS. It will be interesting to see what the official changes are.

Anonymous said...

My son has all the traits of an aspie byt had a speech delay, so he is diagnosed as pdd-nos. He was born with a cleft palate as well, and even though he had a full closure surgery after his firat birthday, it still effects his speech

Anonymous said...

My son has been with a speech therapist since he was 2--he's almost 10 now. They are considering fading it out on his IEP at school because he has reached a plateau and is no longer making progress.

Anonymous said...

My boy is the same as Hope's lad. Delayed in the way he talked and pronounced words, but tested 99 percentile for vocabulary. While other kids are saying dinosaur, he is telling them it is a brachiosaurus or pteranodon etc. He is 3 and can tell you a cone, cube, & pyramid, and he had to be asked to say moon instead of crescent when shown a picture during testing, and yet there are times when you cannot understand what he is saying because he cannot state the syllables clearly, there is no sharpness or edge to them (if that makes sense)

Anonymous said...

My was diagnosed a month ago with PDD-NOS only because of speech delay although I often stated during his testing that it was due to severe stuttering and severe ear infections which led to difficulty in speaking and hearing. I feel strongly that he has Aspergers& am seeking a second opinion.
Honestly I'm still really confused on how to help him,he is 14,so this on top of being a teen is difficult for him& us as a family.

Anonymous said...

My daughter is an aspie and talked very early .... 8-9 months and had a large vocabulary and full sentences . Although she didn't walk until almost 1 1/2
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Anonymous said...

my aspie son talked at corrected age when he should have but his speech was not clear and he needed speech therapy to help.

Anonymous said...

Mine talked at a normal age and knew his letters, colors etc. Which made it kind of confusing with thinking there was anything wrong but sensory modulation issues at the time.
5 hours ago · Like

Anonymous said...

Mine talked at a normal age and knew his letters, colors etc. Which made it kind of confusing with thinking there was anything wrong but sensory modulation issues at the time.
5 hours ago · Like

Anonymous said...

My son has a speech delay but he was also diagnosed with auditory processing disorder so what u say it not what he hears. At first they wanted to diagnose him as high functioning autistic but on his report it states Aspergers.
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Anonymous said...

Ours did; he learned to read late, too, but he's semi deaf. He is a strong, well-adjusted adult now. He has learned Romanian & is a missionary there with his wife & daughter.

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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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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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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