As most of you know my Grandson Phillip has ASPERGER"S SYNDROME.
Now the problem is not many people know what this is; I know when he was first diagnosed I was completely in the dark.
But with all challenges the Lord hands me, I accepted this challenge straight on and started doing my research.
I am still learning and my main focus now is trying, not only to help Phillip, but to try to educate others and myself on how to help these exceptional intelligent people to use their knowledge to survive among us.
Our world seems almost black and white to them. Their thinking is so vivid, they conceive things so literally. I am amazed at the things I have already learned and I have not even covered the main basics yet.
I am in awe at the amount of children and adults that are misdiagnosed with AHDH or other symptoms that are so similar to Asperger's. This leaves these children and adults searching for answers, usually not found unless the proper diagnoses is made.
So often I hear I don't want my child to have Asperger's...It is a form of Autism. Well let me tell you my feelings on this...I am thankful my Grandson has Asperger's Syndrome! This has given me the road map I need to guide him in the direction to succeed in life. Also I am so grateful he is healthy.
We just received his 9 weeks report card from school and he made the A-B HONOR ROLE! So we must be doing something right!
We as parents and grandparents only want the best for our children. Now I have the tools I need to make life better for my child.
Here is some information I have found...Hope this helps you understand some of the basics of Asperger's Syndrome.
THANK GOD I'M A FARM GIRL!
Asperger's syndrome, also called Asperger's disorder, is a type of pervasive development disorder (PDD). PDDs are a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize with others, to communicate, and to use imagination.
Although Asperger's syndrome is similar in some ways to autism -- another, more severe type of PDD -- there are some important differences. Children with Asperger's syndrome typically function better than do those with autism. In addition, children with Asperger's syndrome generally have normal intelligence and near-normal language development, although they may develop problems communicating as they get older.
Asperger's syndrome was named for the Austrian doctor, Hans Asperger, who first described the disorder in 1944. However, Asperger's syndrome was not recognized as a unique disorder until much later.
What Are the Symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome?
The symptoms of Asperger's syndrome vary and can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:
Problems with social skills:
Eccentric or repetitive behaviors:
Unusual preoccupations or rituals:
Limited range of interests:
Skilled or talented:
How Common Is Asperger's Syndrome?
Asperger's syndrome has only recently been recognized as a unique disorder. For that reason, the exact number of people with the disorder is unknown, although it is more common than autism. Estimates suggest Asperger's syndrome affects from 0.024% to 0.36% of children. It is more common in males than in females, and usually is first diagnosed in children between the ages of 2 and 6 years.
How Is Asperger's Syndrome Treated?
There currently is no cure for Asperger's syndrome, but treatment may improve functioning and reduce undesirable behaviors. Treatment may include a combination of the following:
Speech, physical, or occupational therapy:
Medication : There are no medications to treat Asperger's syndrome itself,
Can Asperger's Syndrome Be Prevented?
Asperger's syndrome cannot be prevented or cured. However, early diagnosis and treatment can improve function and quality of life.
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