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Articles on Autism and Asperger's Disorder

What is Autism?
Cameron is an angelic four-year-old with tumbling black curls and gorgeous blue eyes. Because of his striking looks he attracts more than his fair share of attention from passers-by, but the majority of them come away from an encounter with Cameron with a sense of frustration. He refuses to make eye-contact, shies away from conversation, and seldom responds even to the requests of his mother… (Read more)

More about Autism
Following on from What is Autism?, we'll now look at some of the many theories surrounding the development of autism, and try to make sense of the puzzling array of symptoms that characterize this disorder… (Read more)

Symptoms of Autism
Do you suspect your child may have autism? Varying degrees of autism exist and are often related to the IQ level of the child, with those of higher IQ being less severely affected by the disorder. However, a diagnosis of autism requires the child to satisfy the following criteria… (Read more)

Early Test for Autism
Scientists are moving closer to developing a blood test to detect autism early in life-possibly even at birth. Autism is often not diagnosed until a child is three to four years of age, when the characteristic behavior pattern becomes more apparent. Identifying the condition earlier creates an opportunity for researchers to better understand the condition… (Read more)

Autism: Any Closer to a Cause?
We have previously discussed the diagnostic specifications for a diagnosis of autism (see links above) but what is less known among researchers is the cause of the disorder. Statistics from Australia suggest that in the early 1960s the number of Australian children diagnosed with autistic disorder was around one in 20,000. Today, the figure is closer to one in 160...(Read more)

What is Asperger's Disorder?
The first time Elise met her mother-in-law she was struck by the fact that the woman seldom made eye contact with her. Instead she looked slightly over her shoulder into the distance, even when she was talking to her. The first time she hugged her mother-in-law, after receiving a Christmas gift from her, the mother-in-law became perfectly rigid and did not return the hug. Looking around at the rest of the family, Elise noticed that they were all holding their breath… (Read more)

Adults with Asperger's Disorder
In What is Asperger's Disorder? we looked at an overview of this condition which forms one of the autistic spectrum disorders, a developmental disorder that influences how the brain processes information, particularly in the area of social cues… (Read more)

Coping with an adult with Asperger's (1)
As we discussed in What is Asperger's Disorder and Adults with Asperger's Disorder, this condition is a lifelong developmental disorder and mainly manifests in the inability to successfully relate emotionally to others during everyday interactions. There exists a lack of awareness in interpreting social cues; a skill that most of us take for granted… (Read more)

Coping with an adult with Asperger's (2)
As we saw in Coping with an adult with Asperger's (1), dealing with a person with this condition can be extremely difficult at times, particularly when the person has yet to be diagnosed with the disorder. When diagnosis of the adult Asperger occurs, it is often as a result of a child or grandchild being assessed with the disorder. It then becomes apparent to other family members that the undiagnosed adult they have struggled for so long to understand or relate to also possesses the disorder… (Read more)

Coping with an adult with Asperger's (3)
In this third blog on living with a person with Asperger's, (see Coping with an adult with Asperger's (1) and (2)), we look at further behavioral patterns of the sufferer and ways families and friends can better deal with difficulties encountered in everyday interactions with individuals with the condition… (Read more)

Coping with an adult with Asperger's (4)
In the final blog in this present series on Asperger's Disorder, we look at further behavioral markers as well as treatment options for this condition… (Read more)

Asperger's or not Asperger's?
We've all heard of common mental conditions such as depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders... Many more strange and puzzling afflictions affect the general population and today's blog describes one of them. It involves the diagnosis of a child with Asperger's Disorder... (Read more)

Adults with Asperger’s: Boundary Problems
Because people who suffer from Asperger’s disorder have difficulty is reading other people’s body language and even understanding the more subtle aspects of normal human verbal communication, adults with the condition can experience an array of interpersonal problems... (Read more)

Difficulties in Diagnosing Adults with Asperger’s Disorder
... After one session of clinical testing, which his girlfriend insisted upon, Jye was diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder. Jye had so many good qualities – he would do almost anything that was asked of him, he earned a good salary, he played a number of sports, he was good looking – but he was unable to be emotionally intimate with anyone, including his girlfriend. But because Jye didn’t do anything that was actually wrong, it took many years, decades in fact, for an accurate diagnosis to be made... (Read more)

 

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