Patient discussion about Asperger syndrome

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Q. My brother has Asperger Syndrome, what should we do?

Thank you for your attention! My brother has Asperger Syndrome, which is also known as very high function autism. As he has grown, he has become intelligent, and he is a fully functional boy. He plays his video games, does his homework, very social, and he is a normal boy. Yeah, he may seem a bit weird (like he may talk to himself, and be loud) but he’s fully functional. He is in the 8th grade, today my mother went to an interview for his high school future. The lady wants to put him with the autistic children!?! I want him to go to basic a class that’s the lowest and easiest level, but my mom is upset, and we are worried they won't let him....what should we do?
A1it is an uneasy problem. i understand your point of view- putting him in a regular classroom can boost his development and putting him in a special classroom can cause a retardation in development. but i also understand your mother, children can be very cruel. he can get harassed and bullied and that will cause a problem too. but you can avoid that by confronting the class before he enters it and explain the situation.
A2Asperger's is a form of Autism, but on the complete opposite end of sterotype of "Autism." It's a usually a HIGHLY functional autism and is more a SOCIAL problem than anything. And as from what it seems your brother does not belong in a class with other child with Autism. My brother has dyslexia VERY badly and they wanted to put him in a classroom with children in the Boces program and we had NO, sure he has some issues, but he doesn't belong there. We had to fight it FOR YEARS to get him extra help without having him in BOCES. (He's 16 now and just got Resource Room LAST year) If you don't think he belongs there, you are GOING to need to fight it. It's a long and hard battle, but worth it! If all else fails your last resort would have to be either social services/and doctors to have your brother evaluated further to prove he does not need to be in those classes. YOUR brother must have an IEP, which was probably the meeting your mother was at discussing this, it is up to her

Q. What is asperger`s syndrome?

what is asperger`s syndrome and how is it linked to Autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) or pervasive developmental disorder (PDD)?
ALet me make it clear that PDD and ASD are same and autism is one of its types. Other types of PDD or ASD are asperger`s syndrome, Childhood disintegrative disorder, Rett's syndrome, Pervasive development disorder not otherwise specified (PDDNOS). They all have almost similar symptoms with some major differences so they are named differently. Like in asperger`s syndrome, it’s a milder form of autism. Here a child gets obsessive for one thing and excels in it to a good level as they don’t have delay in language and cognitive development. They do face problems in social interaction.

Q. What is the difference between Asperger's Syndrome and Autism?

My 3 year old nephew has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. Is this the same as Autism?
A1Here is a video which explains about Asperger's Syndrome, which might help you understand the difference between that and autism:
http://www.5min.com/Video/What-is-Asperger-Syndrome-6213
A2The difference between Asperger's Syndrome and autism is the severity of the symptoms and the absence of language delays. Children with Asperger's may be only mildly affected and frequently have good language and cognitive skills. Children with Asperger's may seem just like a normal child behaving differently. They may be socially awkward, not understanding of conventional social rules, or show a lack of empathy. They may make limited eye contact, seem to be unengaged in a conversation, and not understand the use of gestures. One of the major differences between them is that there is no speech delay in Asperger's. In fact, children with Asperger's frequently have good language skills; they simply use language in different ways. Another distinction between Asperger's Syndrome and autism concerns cognitive ability. While some individuals with autism experience mental retardation, those with Asperger's do not.

Q. Was this true Asperger's syndrome, or a social anxiety disorder?

I've been told multiple times by multiple people (though none of them doctors) that I probably have Ausperger's syndrome, or at least suffered from it through most of my childhood. I have struggled socially a GREAT deal, and have overcome many things, though I still am socially awkward and easily confused in social situations. Conversely, I am a secretary and receptionist by trade, and seem to have most people 'fooled' when I have medication for my diagnosed medical condition. Was this true Asperger's syndrome, or a social anxiety disorder?
AWell, I like to share my experience from which you find an answer. My 19 year old brother has AS, and I would not say he is at all retarded, although once people get to know him they assume that he is. His intellectual/IQ level isn't any lower than the "normal", but he definitely struggles socially, always has, always will. Hell, so do I... and I wouldn't be surprised if I have a touch of AS myself. Anyhow he is able to work, pay bills, follow commitments through, etc., He's actually very responsible…can't say that for many "normal" folk. His main quirk is that he really fixates on things...for example if his favorite TV show is "Lost", he'll talk about it and run it into the ground until he makes you absolutely hate it from overkill. Other than that he's not much different from the rest of us.

Q. what is the difference between two. which is mild one( aspergers syndrome and autism)

AAsperger disorder is indeed the milder disorder on the autistic spectrum of disorders. It is a condition in which the child is markedly impaired in social relatedness and shows repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior without a delay in language development or mental retardation. In contrast, autism is characterized by problems with language and social skills, repetitive behavior, as well as mental retardation in many cases.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/autism.html

Q. I recently heard about Aspergers.. I knew that it is a type of Autism. Any help is appreciated.

Dear friends, I recently heard about Aspergers. My sister had many issues while communicating her needs and she was not free with everyone. She was self centered and very rigid. We thought that she was extremely shy but as days passed, she got in to more problems. In her school recently when she was asked to play with other children, she was so scared that she did hide herself inside the restroom and never came out. She was there the whole night and we did search for her long time. She was crying the whole night and did not answer any questions and we realized that she was in a great mess. We took her to the doctor and she is diagnosed with Aspergers. I love my sister and I have wonderful parents. I would love to have my sister enjoy her childhood. I feel as a loving brother, It is my responsibility to save her from the current pain she is undergoing. I need to know more on Aspergers. I knew that it is a type of Autism but can someone here understand my concern. Any help is appreciated.
A1Asperger Syndrome link
http://www.thedoctorsvideos.com/video/2936/Asperger-Syndrome-

DrMDK
A2Hello Great to see you someone like here and I salute your affection for your sister. From what I understand, Aspergers is a mild case of autism. It's marked by difficulty in motor skills with other mild symptoms of the more severe forms of autism... A neighbor of mine was diagnosed with Aspergers at a young age and had behavioral issues... He changed the school and is now in a specialty school where they treat people with autism... Do not worry; I think your sister needs more help now.
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