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Aspergers ? Anyone child have this ?

Posted by on Feb. 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM
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We were recently told our Daughter is on The Austic Spectrum... well being new at this I had NO CLUE what that even meant... I guess I have been doing a lot of research and came across Aspergers.... I REALLLLLY think she has this. SOOOO many of the symptoms is her to a T. With an added amount of frustration and meltdowns ....

If your child has this at what age were they diagnosed?

What exactly is offered to help children with this?

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Momof4AEMW
by Gold Member on Feb. 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM
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Many developmental pediatricians/psychologists are using the DSM5 for diagnosis now, so it is all autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Some will still separate autism/aspergers/etc.  If you go to autismspeaks.org, that is a great site for information and red flags for you to compare to your child.  You can discuss these with your doctor and ask for a referral for testing.  There are many interventions/therapies available for children with ASD to assist with their delays, behaviors, development, etc.  The earlier you start, the better.  My son was 4.5 when diagnosed with ASD.  Best of luck!

2Busy4Choas
by on Feb. 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Thank You so much

Quoting Momof4AEMW:

Many developmental pediatricians/psychologists are using the DSM5 for diagnosis now, so it is all autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Some will still separate autism/aspergers/etc.  If you go to autismspeaks.org, that is a great site for information and red flags for you to compare to your child.  You can discuss these with your doctor and ask for a referral for testing.  There are many interventions/therapies available for children with ASD to assist with their delays, behaviors, development, etc.  The earlier you start, the better.  My son was 4.5 when diagnosed with ASD.  Best of luck!


JTMOM422
by Brenda on Feb. 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM
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Welcome to the group. Under the new DSM5 there is no Aspergers anymore. Unfortuantely it is now labeled as ASD or a Social Communication Disorder. It depends on what symptoms your child has as to which of the new diagnosis your child will fall into. 

My son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS/Autism at age 2. His doctor knew the new dsm5 was coming out so he knew PDD-NOS would not exist within a year of my son's dx so he did a dual dx on him. Now he is just ASD.

SamMom912
by Gold Member on Feb. 17, 2014 at 11:42 AM
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My son was diagnosed with Aspergers at the age of 3.5. He also has a generalized anxiety order and SPD a sensory processing disorder. He is almost 7.5 now. 

He gets occupational therpay for assistance with his fine motor skill delay (typica of aspies) he gets PT for gross motor delay and low muscle tone (typical for aspies) he gets sensory integration for his sensory issues (typical for ASD kids) he goes to a social skills group (for this he sees an aba trained speech pathologist) and a psychologist who is an aspie specialist. 

Nickmom1118
by Nicole on Feb. 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM
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Like many other moms have said. They label everything under ASD. I was told that my son probably would have fallen under the PDD-nos diagnosis if they didn't do the new criteria.

Nicolas was about 2 months short of his 4th bday when he was diagnosed. He gets PT to help with balance and awareness, OT for fine motor, ST, and feeding therapy.
kajira
by Emma on Feb. 17, 2014 at 11:57 AM
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ASD and aspergers are the same thing now - so she "has" that. :P

I have classic autism - I was diagnosed as an adult, be lucky that they even caught it in your daughter, so many females get missed because we often manifest symptoms differently than males do, especially if we aren't sterotypical extreme autistic and nonverbal with head banging.

What I will say is dont' give her so many therapies she can't just be a kid - use her interests to find social activities, and work on skills and coping mechanisms. Don't forget to let her exist and be herself. She's always going to be autistic, she may get better at hiding the flapping, or the humming or echolalia over time, but her brain will ALWAYS be wired for autism.

Learn to work with her quirks instead of trying to eradicate them - be careful which therapists you pick, many of them have a "cure it, stamp it out of them" attitude and I believe that's really, really harmful to autistic children.

You want to work with it, not eradicate it. You can't change her into a normal person - you just teach her social rules, social behaviors, how to read body language, how to work wiht who she is to function at her best. To me, that is the ideal goal.

Bobcatridge
by Carol on Feb. 17, 2014 at 12:16 PM

My almost 13 yr old daughter has aspergers, generalized anxiety disorder, and major depressive disorder.  She also had sensory issues but they are less evident now.  We knew she was a little different at.about 2.  It was especially evident in her social communications.  By the time she was 6 she was having problems in school.  I had figured out she had aspergers and generalized anxiety disorder by the time she was 7 although she was not officially diagnosed until she was 10.

2Busy4Choas
by on Feb. 17, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Well and the diagnoses deal is an entire other issue- In our state insurance does NOT pay for anything considered Autisum is what Ibe been told- I was also told it maybe best for the Dr not to actually put it on paper as a diagnoses due to this ... She has ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, ADHD, ODD ... her therapy she has been getting helps with social skills, ect. So now Im thinking IF she technically gets diagnosed what thats going to do besides hurt us from getting the much needed help ... very frustrating

Ajisai43
by Bronze Member on Feb. 17, 2014 at 4:30 PM
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Hi and welcome to the group! My son will be 10 next month and was diagnosed PDD-NOS when he was five and then re diagnosed with Asperger's and ADHD when he was six.  Where we live there just aren't many services available for kids like my son, but he is in the special ed class at school and has made some great strides since joining in second grade.  My suggestion would be to read up on Asperger's - even though it is no longer part of the "official" ASD spectrum, there are loads of great books on it.  However, just read one or two at a time and try not to overwhelm yourself (that is what I did and I freaked myself out)

Rust.n.Gears
by Member on Feb. 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM
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My son was diagnosed when he was 3 and I was also diagnosed at the same age. Yeah I'm also an Aspie. I have SPD, speech apraxia, and I'm legally deaf from my SPD. My son is only 5 but they are seeing speech apraxia and SPD as well. I get the frustration and meltdowns which I control with meds. My son does not have meltdowns though. He hides. If I just give him my hoodie in a noisy store he is happy.

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