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4 important facts and misconceptions about Asperger’s syndrome

– the kind of reaction you would expect of anyone dealing with those problems?

1. Autism isn’t of course unique in being associated with violent behavior. Kids and adults with a diagnosis of ADHD are often also diagnosed with “opposition defiance disorder” and that in turn can be linked with violent behavior.

2.The root of Asperger’s, like autism, is largely a mystery. Current research suggests it’s connected to early developmental changes in brain structure, which may be caused by “abnormal migration of embryonic cells during fetal development” that “rewires” a person during early childhood, according to the NIH.

3 .People with Asperger’s typically have an “unusual preoccupation” with very specific subject. “Basically, you get an individual who might have a real restricted repertoire of things they are interested in,

4. Individuals growing up with Asperger’s often shy away from human contact, which can kick off a vicious cycle of social alienation.


Father and Son and Asperger’s

Father and Son and Asperger’s

Father & Son and Asperger’s is a book written by a dad who find out his son has Asperger’s  who writes a book about parenting his son Cubby teaching him the finer points of etiquette. The book also has topics ont parenting guide, part courtroom drama, part catalog of the travails and surprising joys of life with the high-functioning form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome, this memoir will offer all parents — but particularly fathers — a lot to think about. That its author was almost 40 when he learned he had Asperger’s (a discovery he described in his first memoir, “Look Me in the Eye”), and that he eventually learned his son had the condition as well, make their story more remarkable, but do nothing to diminish its relevance even for readers with no personal experience of autism.


Adults With Autism Look for Programs To Help Them Adjust To World

CBS Philly

By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)  —  Thousands of young people on the Autism Spectrum are entering their late teens and early twenties with few programs to help them adjust to the adult world. 

Although Autism symptoms vary widely, some on the spectrum can learn to function out in the world, but there are some concerns.

Dr. James Connell, clinical director of the Drexel Autism Institute, “there are very few services for the adult ASD population.”

Psychologist Robert Naseef says, half his practice is autism-related, describes a Catch-22 of treatment.

“Those with above-average IQ’s have the least opportunities, which seems counter-intuitive but it’s the way it is because of their social challenges,” Naseef said.

Drexel runs a program, now with about 40 students, designed to overcome those challenges.

Dr. Connell says, “the goal would be to, at the end of four or five years, a significant amount of independence, such that moving out into the…

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Childhood Disabilities Rising – New Findings require Reflection.


Childhood disability rate jumps 16 percent over past decade

Number of kids with neurodevelopmental disabilities increases, but limitations due to physical conditions decrease

WASHINGTON, DC – More children today have a disability than a decade ago, and the greatest increase is among kids in higher-income families, according to a study to be presented Sunday, May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Washington, DC.

The study also found that disabilities related to physical health conditions have decreased, while disabilities due to neurodevelopmental and mental health problems have increased greatly.

“Nearly 6 million kids had a disability in 2009-2010 — almost 1 million more than in 2001-2002,” said lead author Amy J. Houtrow, MD, PhD, MPH, chief, Division of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and pediatrics at University of…

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