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Does anyone know anything about aspergers?

my 11yo son has ADHD, but now his dr is thinking he is showing more signs of aspergers than adhd. they are sending to to a spealicaist to have him evualated, and have told me it is very common to misdiagnose aspergers as adhd for years. can anyone tell me more about aspergers? anyone have children with it?

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Asked by bi-polarmommy at 3:13 PM on Aug. 5, 2009 in Kids' Health

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    "# Problems with social skills: Children with Asperger's syndrome generally have difficulty interacting with others and often are awkward in social situations. They generally do not make friends easily.
    # Eccentric or repetitive behaviors: Children with this condition may develop odd, repetitive movements, such as hand wringing or finger twisting.
    # Unusual preoccupations or rituals: A child with Asperger's syndrome may develop rituals that he or she refuses to alter, such as getting dressed in a specific order.
    # Communication difficulties: People with Asperger's syndrome may not make eye contact when speaking with someone. They may have trouble using facial expressions and gestures, and understanding body language. They also tend to have problems understanding language in context."

    Answer by Bmat at 3:18 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • "# Limited range of interests: A child with Asperger's syndrome may develop an intense, almost obsessive, interest in a few areas, such as sports schedules, weather or maps.
    # Coordination problems: The movements of children with Asperger's syndrome may seem clumsy or awkward.
    # Skilled or talented: Many children with Asperger's syndrome are exceptionally talented or skilled in a particular area, such as music or math."

    Answer by Bmat at 3:18 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • bmat, you just described my son in just about every detail!

    Answer by bi-polarmommy at 3:19 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • My son does. His first symptom was an inability to control anger. He also has difficulty "reading" a social situation. Example: He''ll blather on about something that interests him and not notice that no one else is interested. He has some trouble with fine motor control...shoelaces are still a major challenge and his handwriting is atrocious. There's a bit of trouble with large motor control, too..he's only now outgrowing a peculiar gait in his running that includes flapping his hands.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:21 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • bmat, thanks for that! Also fits my son perfectly.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:46 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • my son has aspergers. He has certain things that he obsesses over (frogs), he has difficulty with social situations and making friends, he needs his routine, he has meltdowns,he does not 'get' sarcasm or understand expressions like 'mind your own business' he would reply "but I don't have a job', he has certain sayings that he repeats saying "I am a frog"- especially when stressed or he does not know what to say, he used to use a robot voice (monotone).....

    Answer by MizLee at 9:06 PM on Aug. 5, 2009

  • These also described my son before we changed his diet. Food intolerances are commonly misdiagnosed as ADHD, ADD, aspergers. The proper blood test can rule this out.
    RAST test food panel for IgE & IgG

    Answer by motherofhope98 at 10:20 AM on Aug. 6, 2009

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