By Sally Ozonoff PhD, Geraldine Dawson PhD, James C. McPartland PhD

Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism are detected past and extra properly this present day than ever sooner than. childrens and youths with those problems usually stand out for his or her precocious intelligence and language abilities--yet profound social problems can restrict each element in their lives. This hopeful, compassionate advisor indicates mom and dad how one can paintings with their kid's targeted impairments and services to aid her or him discover ways to interact extra totally with the area and reside as self-sufficiently as attainable. From top specialists within the box, the ebook is filled with sensible principles for assisting teenagers relate extra very easily to peers,learn the principles of applicable habit, and take part extra absolutely in class and kinfolk lifestyles. It additionally explains what scientists presently find out about autistic spectrum problems and the way they're clinically determined and taken care of. Real-life good fortune tales, problem-solving rules, and matter-of-fact recommendation on every thing from academic placements to occupation making plans make this an crucial reference that households will flip to time and again.

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If the hallmark symptoms of AS-HFA, as outlined in Table 1, are present, then the child has Asperger syndrome or high-functioning autism. How do professionals decide if the child, in addition to AS-HFA, also has OCD? Most children and adolescents with OCD recognize that 39 UNDERSTANDING ASPERGER SYNDROME AND HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM their behavior is unusual and experience it as intrusive and senseless. The majority of people with OCD are quite secretive about their rituals, realizing that other people would consider them bizarre.

Developmental History The two essential ingredients in a diagnostic evaluation are a thorough developmental history and an observation of your child. You, the par45 UNDERSTANDING ASPERGER SYNDROME AND HIGH-FUNCTIONING AUTISM Are You Getting the Expert Help You Need for a Good Diagnosis? Many different types of professionals are qualified to diagnose autism spectrum disorders. In our experience, expertise in the area of autism spectrum disorders is much more important to a thorough, accurate diagnosis than particular credentials.

Did the doctor provide or promise to provide a report that summarizes the results of your child’s testing? 46 The Diagnostic Process ents, tell the professionals in detail what your child is like at home, on a day-to-day basis, since some of both her strengths and her difficulties might not be apparent during the observation period. Autism spectrum disorders involve two different kinds of symptoms: (1) typical behaviors that fail to develop (for example, empathy, close friendships, pretend play, and eye contact) and (2) unusual behaviors that are not present in other children (for example, echoing from videos, obsessive interests, or extreme anxiety over changes in routine).

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