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Asperger syndrome

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Asperger syndrome (AS) is a developmental disorder that is characterized by:

* limited interests or an unusual preoccupation with a particular subject to the exclusion of other activities,
* repetitive routines or rituals,
* peculiarities in speech and language, such as speaking in an overly formal manner or in a monotone, or taking figures of speech literally
* socially and emotionally inappropriate behavior and the inability to interact successfully with peers,
* problems with non-verbal communication, including the restricted use of gestures, limited or inappropriate facial expressions, or a peculiar, stiff gaze,
* clumsy and uncoordinated motor movements.

AS is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), one of a distinct group of neurological conditions characterized by a greater or lesser degree of impairment in language and communication skills, as well as repetitive or restrictive patterns of thought and behavior. Other ASDs include: classic autism, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS).

Parents usually sense there is something unusual about a child with AS by the time of his or her third birthday, and some children may exhibit symptoms as early as infancy. Unlike children with autism, children with AS retain their early language skills. Motor development delays – crawling or walking late, clumsiness – are sometimes the first indicator of the disorder.
The incidence of AS is not well established, but experts in population studies conservatively estimate that two out of every 10,000 children have the disorder. Boys are three to four times more likely than girls to have AS.

Studies of children with AS suggest that their problems with socialization and communication continue into adulthood. Some of these children develop additional psychiatric symptoms and disorders in adolescence and adulthood. Although diagnosed mainly in children, AS is being increasingly diagnosed in adults who seek medical help for mental health conditions such as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

No studies have yet been conducted to determine the incidence of AS in adult populations. [source: ww.ninds.nih.gov]

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private ASD asesment

Can anyone please let me know where I can have reliable and accurate multidisciplinary ASD assessment for mu daughter ? In cork perhaps?

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Hi there
My son was recently diagnosed with Aspergers but we knew for awhile as he was under a team of professionals for 3 years for ocd, Axis 1 of childhood, low moods ,socially akward and no food except square dairy milks .

Scott my son is 11 he will be 12 in July and is going into secondary school in September and it's tough ,he is fine academically but he is so socially challenged he cry's a lot and has a body image problem ,he thinks and says he is fat but he is actually under weight and height :-( nice to meet you all Anne

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Hi all

Hi there I am new to the site and fairly new to the diagnoses of Asperger's .
Well my son who will be 12 in July always showed signs of being "different" as we used to say between us as we have a 10 year old and kinda compared bad I know but anyway we eventually got a GP to listen to us when he was 8 and a year later he was under the care of dieticians , Occupational therapist, physcologist who gave him diagnoses of OCD , perfectionism ,Axis 1 of childhood and some bad relationship with food and smells and textures.Well last December we were given the long awaited diagnoses of Asperger's .He is starting secondary school this year and things are very difficult at home while to other people he is an overly polite shy boy . He has a body image disorder which is our main worry at the moment as he is under weight but constantly says and thinks he is fat :-( Thanks for reading this and I hope we can all benefit from each other's experiences .

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I need help

Hi I've a little boy,with a lot going on,he is ADHD and odd and now doctors have said to me a few times each visit,have I heard of aspergers? Well the answer to that is a little,my nephew is autistic ,but he's doing brilliant in main stream school! Any way  my little one is coming 6,he's now refusing to wear clothes saying they itch him,all label have to be cut off and no sock can now go on at all,same clothes all the time and certain pjs,I've always new my wee man was different,but can't get help or support (waiting lists) he's been in hospital because he wouldn't take his ADHD tablets and had what I'd call it a mini break down...I need some kind of help,any any help little or small would mean the world to me and my son,I'm from co Cavan...Lisa

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Hi Lisa, I can identify with

Hi Lisa,

I can identify with some of your son's symptoms and my son was similiar but no adhd..he's now 12..never goes to bed without his socks on...would wear the same t-shirt till it fell apart if allowed to keep it on...hates jerseys etc etc..he has been recently diagnosed with aspergers... I would have said he was always different because his interests are so different from most boys in his class....does he like dinasours or space or computers.... if my son develops an interest in anything it is all or nothing...he got an ipod at christmas and has 180 albums on it already!!!!!!!!!!  for gods sake how could you even listen to that many songs!!!  but he is brilliant and yes he is quirky and different but so what!


Our Pchologist explained it as a different "wiring" of the brain as in right handed and left handed which gives him a different perspective to most people....so what's wrong with that....


there are some communication issues with aspergers..my son is a bit of a loner but is managing fine so if you would like to contact me please do....I work in Cavan.

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Do the scientists know what

Do the scientists know what causes this syndrome to show up? We need to learn to prevent it, it's so tough to deal with a disease like that in the family. My wife is worried that her candida issue may affect the child before birth, we searched on this www.candidayeastsupport.com resource and we found nothing about that. Could someone please some share some details to us? Where should we look?

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Hi Nikki123,

Have a look at http://www.aspergersupport.ie/ and there is a Sligo Aspergers Group also I think,  see:  http://rainchild.ie/content/event/meeting-parents-children-aspergers-syndrome/

Hope this helps.

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hi my seven year old son has just been diagnosed with aspergers syndrome.  to be honest im not sure what to do or how to help him..any information would be greatly appreciated.....


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hi nikki i have a 7year old

hi nikki

i have a 7year old boy also diagnosed with aspergers this year. i would be happy to help, if i can, with any questions you might have, Cbeirne

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