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By Sally Ozonoff PhD, Geraldine Dawson PhD, James C. McPartland PhD

Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism are detected prior and extra properly at the present time than ever earlier than. teenagers and teenagers with those issues frequently stand out for his or her precocious intelligence and language abilities--yet profound social problems can restrict each element in their lives. This hopeful, compassionate advisor exhibits mom and dad the right way to paintings with their kid's precise impairments and functions to assist her or him learn how to have interaction extra absolutely with the realm and stay as self-sufficiently as attainable. From top specialists within the box, the ebook is choked with sensible principles for assisting young children relate extra conveniently to peers,learn the foundations of acceptable habit, and take part extra absolutely at school and kin existence. It additionally explains what scientists at the moment learn about autistic spectrum problems and the way they're clinically determined and handled. Real-life luck tales, problem-solving rules, and matter-of-fact recommendation on every little thing from academic placements to occupation making plans make this an crucial reference that households will flip to repeatedly.

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Similarly, if he or she suddenly develops a new behavior, such as injuring himself or being quite aggressive toward others, you should seriously consider a visit to your doctor. Finally, if your child does not respond to treatment interventions as you and your doctor expect, then you should examine whether there is more going on than AS-HFA alone. You should always raise the question of comorbidity at an initial assessment if you feel that your child’s behavior doesn’t fit the typical AS-HFA profile and you suspect there is more going on.

In the DSM-IV, the autism diagnosis always takes precedence over the Asperger syndrome diagnosis. This means that if your child meets autism criteria (showing at least six symptoms from Table 1, with at least two in the social domain, one in the communication domain, and one in the repetitive behavior area, and at least one symptom was present by age 3), then he or she is diagnosed with autism, regardless of whether the Asperger diagnosis also seems to fit. Another way to look at this is that children who are correctly diagnosed with Asperger syndrome fail to meet the autism criteria in some way.

The fact of the matter is that he needs the same treatment as the child who talked fine at age 2, but who shares your child’s difficulties in looking people in the eye and making friends. That is why we devote this book to both conditions. PDDNOS The fifth and final condition that falls within the PDD category is pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (or PDDNOS). This label is used for children who have clear difficulty relating to others, as well as either communication problems or repetitive behaviors, but who do not meet criteria for any of the other PDDs.

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