Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

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by Patrice on April 2, 2011 · 0 comments

in Special Needs

Asperger’s Syndrome is a mild form of Autism. In fact, many people call it High Functioning Autism, and it is considered to be part of autism spectrum disorder.

Any warning signs that the single mom picks up on should be discussed with the child’s doctor so that her child can be evaluated. The symptoms can be reduced when treatment interventions are begun early, but some parents dismiss many of the symptoms and only half of children with Asperger’s Syndrome are diagnosed before they start kindergarten.

Newborns can exhibit warning signs that are easily ignored. They can become fixated on a single item for an extended period of time. On the other hand, they could be completely unresponsive.

Toddlers between one and three years old can suddenly change behaviors, losing skills in communication and even social skills and they start to reject people. Sometimes this happens suddenly, with the child becoming self-abusive, withdrawn or indifferent. If you notice these changes in behavior speak to your medical professional immediately to make arrangements to have the child evaluated.

The warning signs of autism are different with each child, but the single mom who suspects that her child may be exhibiting symptoms of ASD should look for the following:

  • An occasional period of seeming to not hear
  • An over attachment to a single toy or object
  • Avoidance of proper eye contact
  • Refusal to smile
  • Excessive behaviors like the lining up of toys and other objects

In addition, there are milestones in a child’s life that could indicate a problem if they are not reached. An infant should be pointing and making other meaningful gestures and be babbling by his first birthday, have a few words in his vocabulary at 16 months and be combining at least 2 words by the age of two. If these milestones have not been achieved, discuss them with the doctor who may refer you and your child to a specialist after a developmental screening test.

A team of specialists made up of a speech therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist and neurologist will do cognitive and language testing as well as neurological and genetics assessments and interview the parents and caregivers.

Methods for treatment will focus on the individual child and family. Parental involvement is necessary for the success of any treatment program that is suggested for the child. As the single mom networks with other parents of children with ASD, she may find that other kids are having success with other treatment methods. It’s important to remember that each child and family are different. The symptoms of ASD are different with each child as well as the response of each child to the treatment method.

While it’s important for the single mom to be an advocate for her child, before trying to adopt a new treatment method, it’s important that it is discussed with professionals.

 

 

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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