By Sally Ozonoff PhD, Geraldine Dawson PhD, James C. McPartland PhD
Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism are detected prior and extra safely at the present time than ever ahead of. kids and teenagers with those problems frequently stand out for his or her precocious intelligence and language abilities--yet profound social problems can restrict each point in their lives. This hopeful, compassionate consultant indicates mom and dad how you can paintings with their kid's detailed impairments and services to aid her or him learn how to have interaction extra totally with the realm and dwell as self-sufficiently as attainable. From top specialists within the box, the ebook is jam-packed with sensible principles for supporting young ones relate extra very easily to peers,learn the principles of acceptable habit, and take part extra totally at school and relatives existence. It additionally explains what scientists presently find out about autistic spectrum problems and the way they're clinically determined and handled. Real-life good fortune tales, problem-solving rules, and matter-of-fact suggestion on every little thing from academic placements to occupation making plans make this an quintessential reference that households will flip to many times.
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Extra info for A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive
The child with AS-HFA may not seem to listen and may not follow directions because of social deficits and language processing problems. He does not understand the centrality and importance of the human voice and does not orient to it naturally. Similarly, he may interrupt others, have trouble taking turns, and talk too much because of his difficulty reading social situations and knowing what is acceptable behavior in specific situations. He may be reluctant to do certain school 40 The Diagnostic Process assignments or have trouble staying seated, but not because these are inherently difficult tasks; they simply hold no interest for him.
Also, the period of normal development is longer than in Rett’s: the regression occurs after at least 2 (and up to 10) years of normal development. Prior to the regression, the child appears perfectly normal, interacting with others, talking, playing, and taking care of him- or herself at the level appropriate for his or her age (for example, using the toilet and eating independently). There is then a loss of skills, with the child withdrawing, no longer talking, losing thinking skills, bowel control, and other abilities.
Fully three-quarters of the children had diagnoses in the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. This suggests that children like yours are actually more common than “typical” children with autism. If we now think that autism spectrum disorders are 15–30 times more common than we did a decade ago, a question naturally arises: Is autism increasing in frequency? Is it truly more common than it used to be, or do the rising prevalence figures simply reflect better diagnostic practices and increased awareness of the milder end of the continuum?
A Parent's Guide to Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism: How to Meet the Challenges and Help Your Child Thrive by Sally Ozonoff PhD, Geraldine Dawson PhD, James C. McPartland PhD