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daughter might have asperger's syndrom

Posted by on Nov. 7, 2012 at 9:53 AM
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my daughter might have asperger's syndrom or autism and right now the ony thing I can do is wait until I get her properly diagnosed with hopefully with the help of her pre-k teacher and other specialists we can narrow it down to one or the other or just the fact that she is 5. I don't  know if anyone has any imput on the symptoms or how to cope or treat her.

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boots945
by on Nov. 7, 2012 at 10:51 AM

My grand son has asperger's ,  it is very difficult, but if you can get the school to work with you it would be great.  He scares me, but I feel sorry for the system because his father made his worse by abusing him. Now he lives with me and we are going to therapy and doctors and most times he does fine, has you daughter been tested yet,  these children can be very smart

LancesMom
by on Nov. 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM


welcomeNice to meet you! 


CollinMommy
by on Nov. 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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My 3 yr old DS is in the process of waiting to get into the Clinic for diagnosis. He is also believed to have Aspergers. He is incredibly smart and is ahead of most of the 3 yr olds in his preschool, however he has severe issues adapting to new situations, or transitioning from one thing to another. Dropping him off at school has become a feat in itself. He has severe meltdowns and tantrums and sometimes it just seems like nothing helps!! Hang in there tho!!!! Things will get better, I just know it!!!

amonkeymom
by Amy on Nov. 7, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Talk to her pediatrician and see if you can get a referral to a specialist who can check her out and make a diagnosis if necessary.

Athena410
by on Nov. 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM
I am waiting for my 4 year old to have an official diagnosis. But we have an amazing pediatrician who gave me anything I needed to get my son help. See if your school system offers an iep program. Knowing my son had a person at school to meet him and help him made the school drop off a bit easier.
lemonade1
by on Nov. 7, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Took me years to get my son diagnosed, I got to the stage where I thought he's like this cos I spoilt him as his Dad did a runner when he was a toddler.  He doesn't have a temper, he internalises things a lot, he gets so worried if he thinks he's upset someone.  On the good side he was reading books by 3, has a photographic memory and sails thru exams (except gym, that's a problem).  Once he was diagnosed it all made sense.   He actually has no problem with having Asperger's and we celebrate his skills and just try to help with the social skills as these are also lacking.

Macphee
by Bronze Member on Nov. 8, 2012 at 9:37 AM

speech therapist, behavioral pediatrician, neurologist, psychologists can help. my son went to see a geneticist and was tested for fragile x.

I don't know if the teacher can help unless she has been trained and has experience. Good luck.

 

BetsyAviator
by on Nov. 8, 2012 at 12:23 PM

We are going through the process with my 3 year old son, as well.

One thing I would say is to start with your pediatrician. They will help you get to the right people for evaluations for a diagnosis. 

Her school won't be able to make that diagnosis (though they can be helpful providing info to the people doing the evals.)

kim_mom_of_3
by on Nov. 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

My son was diagnosed with ADHD at 5 and the rediagnosed with Aspergers at 11.   He is now 15.   Watch for sensory intergration issues (my son is auditory and can't take certain noises). Social issues like does she make friends and play with children at her age level or above or below her age.  Eye contact with peers and or adults.  Also repition or OCD tendancies.  At 5 it's it's hard to know if they arehigh functioning

Hottubgodess
by Jackie on Nov. 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Girls have different signs than boys.  Make sure you read up on how girls are different (we fly under the radar because we can model other behaviours easier than boys).  We tend to be more compliant, or shy.  and it is approved of.  \

I felt weird for years.  I was the "social butterfly" but totally exhaused from keeping it together for that time.  It is difficult to not know why you are different.  Treat her like you love her, do not shelter her, but understand she may take longer to "process" or respond, she will frustrate easier, and she may be sensitive to things that you dont see, smell, hear or taste.  :)  Understanding and love and compassion.  

ETA: I have an almost 9 yr old Aspie boy as well.  :) 

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