Information on autism including causes, diagnoses, treatment and special education plus links to support organizations and materials for parents, children and teens.
Autism spectrum disorder is a serious condition related to brain development that impairs the ability to communicate and interact with others. Many Aspergers (high functioning autistic) kids have extreme difficulties with transitions. This can be a simple transition, such as moving from one activity to. Autism & Aspergers Special Needs Events, Programs & Workshops for Massachusetts parents and caregivers.
- There are many benefits to getting an official diagnosis, which many people don’t realize. With adults, an official diagnosis is essential if you intend to claim.
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Summer Activities for Aspergers Children. Many Aspergers (high functioning autistic) kids have extreme difficulties with transitions. This can be a simple transition, such as moving from one activity to another, or a more significant transition like school letting out for the summer. When moms and dads plan ahead and schedule summer activities for their youngster, the transition out of school and into the less structured summer- time can be easier for all involved.
The purpose of summer vacation should be to give kids the opportunity to explore new learning avenues. If you have an Aspergers child, two new learning opportunities that he can benefit from are (a) new activities and (b) new places. Being able to do a new activity or go into a new location - and feel comfortable - is a valuable skill that many Aspergers kids struggle with. Fortunately, during the summer months, you can go to new places earlier in the day when they are not as crowded, which should make the experience a lot easier for your child to deal with. The first step in exposing your Aspergers child to new activities and places will be to create a social story about it. The social story will explain where you will be going, what you will be doing, and how long you will stay there.
The second step is to walk your child through the activity he will be engaging in at the new place (e. The third step is to go to the location and engage in the activity (while monitoring closely how well your child is adjusting to the experience). It is a good idea to involve a reward at the end of a ‘successfully completed’ activity (e. Now that you know how to handle exposing your child to new places and activities, sift through the list below for some ideas on what to do.
Note: Aspergers children are not all alike. One child may tolerate a particular activity or location quite well – while another may slip into a full- blown meltdown.
Aspergers Psychologist, Dr. Kenneth Roberson, describes the main features of Asperger's Syndrome in adults. Aspergers can be successfully treated. Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's, is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal.
So take it slow at first – and keep it simple). Summer Activities for Aspergers Children—.
AMC movie theaters provide sensory friendly film showings to families affected by Aspergers on a monthly basis. The movies are shown with the lights up and sound turned down and sensory affected audience members are invited to get up out of their seats whenever they want.
It's an excellent way to enjoy a movie! As the pressures of the school year ease up during the summer months, this can be a great time to get involved with other families of Aspergers children in your area. Join or form a social- skills group, which helps Aspergers children practice specific social skills within the context of a play group, field trip, or activity. Many Aspergers children desperately want to make friends and participate in social activities, but lack the direct understanding of how to do so. A social- skills group, made up of other children on the autism spectrum, is a safe place to learn and practice social skills without fear of rejection or ridicule. Attend a concert. Bake some cupcakes and deliver them to friends and family.
Bead some bracelets and sell them for charity. Blow up balloons, put notes inside and let them go into the atmosphere. Build a tree house. Clean up a nature trail. Create a web site or blog.
Donate some of the toys and clothes you no longer use. Explore nature at a local park and take pictures of what you find to make a family scrapbook. Fly a kite. 1. 3. Go backpacking. 1. Go camping. 1. 5. Go canoeing. 1. 6. Go on a walk and take pictures of trees, flowers, dogs, etc.
Go to a ballgame. Go to a museum. 1. Go without TV for a day. Have a family game night. Have a picnic. 2.
Have a yard sale. If you live in a larger metropolitan area, there may be day camps and other structured activities designed especially for children with Aspergers.
These camps provide children with some of the same routines they are used to at school, while allowing them to participate in activities such as camping, swimming, arts and crafts, and other projects. Check with your child's teacher, case manager, or doctor for recommendations. Look for a day camp staffed by counselors that have had extensive training with ASD children. A counselor who has not been trained to work with Aspergers children may inadvertently trigger a meltdown, and not know how to handle one in progress. Be sure you and your child's doctor or therapist can meet with camp staff to go over strategies to make this a positive experience for your child. Jump on a trampoline. Learning does not have to stop just because school is out for summer.
Build time into your child's daily or weekly schedule to research, experiment, and investigate a topic that interests him. If he loves video games, challenge him to design one of his own. If he is fascinated by insects, summer is a great time to begin (or add to) an insect collection.
Before school is over, talk to your child about what he would like to learn more about, and begin collecting materials and planning activities to support his goals. Make a bird feeder.
Getting an Official Aspergers Diagnosis. In this post we will discuss the issues and techniques surrounding diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. The issue has become a bit of a minefield with many general practitioners refusing to allow people the opportunity for an official diagnosis. Many people have already taken the free online AQ Test, which will give people the opportunity to get an initial insight into the degree of their autistic traits without the hassle or expense of going for a medical consultation.
While it gives a good general indication where one is on the autism spectrum, it is not a substitute for an official diagnosis. We have written this post to try and represent diagnosis perspectives from a UK and US angle however we are aware that the advice we give may differ between countries (and states) so you will need to do your own research in your place of living to determine the best course of action. Why get an official diagnosis. There are many benefits to getting an official diagnosis, which many people don’t realize.
With adults, an official diagnosis is essential if you intend to claim benefits. Supplemental social security income or disability insurance both require an official diagnosis. Here are some tips for people in the UK on how to go about claiming disability allowance.
As well as benefits, adults with Autism are also entitled to disability rights. This enable them the right to disclose and request accommodations at their place of work. For toddlers and children, the earlier they are diagnosed the sooner services can be provided. Occupational Therapy and Applied Behavioral Analysis are just some of the many useful resources out there for kids that can help them. How to get officially diagnosed with Aspergers. It wasn’t until 1.
Asperger’s could officially be diagnosed. Usually the best starting point in the process of diagnosis will be your GP (Doctor). Depending on your country of residence, they will then refer you to one of the following: Neuropsychologist (Ph. D)Psychiatrist (MD)Social worker with AS experience and a MSW degree.
Psychologist with AS experience and a Masters degree. Scientific Study being done at a university. If your GP is not willing to refer you directly you may also want to consider going direct to the specialist.
In The USFor help in your state click this link http: //grasp. Or try http: //www.
Also, you can call your insurance provider under behavioral health needs. In the UKYou can check out this link to find a Neuropsychologist or psychiatrist in your area – http: //www. Getting a free diagnosis. We have observed from feedback from people who taken the AQ Test that GP’s are not always willing to provide a free diagnosis. We wanted to offer a few alternatives that you may find helpful. There are many scientific studies being done at various colleges or medical centers about Asperger’s. Many of the studies will even pay you for your time and you get free MRI and PET scans. You have the right to request the findings once the study is done. There is a list at the Global and Regional Asperger Syndrome Partnership (GRASP) site www. GRASP. org, which is in the US.
Click the “Help & Resources” tab and then scroll down to the Diagnostics sources link. There are a few going on in the state of New York. If you have already taken the AQ test on our website, you may want to check out a number of similar free online tests: Broad Autism Phenotype Test – This test will measure the mild autistic traits that are present in the person taking the test. Aspie Quiz – This is a slight variation of the AQ Test which will compare the Autistic traits against Neuro Typical ( non autistic) traits. Mind in the Eyes Test – People with ASD often do not interpret facial expressions easily, this test is designed to evaluate your capacity to read facial expressions. Before the appointment with your GPUnfortunately, many doctors are still not knowledgeable or up- to- date with Asperger’s Syndrome. So do the homework for them. When you go to speak to your doctor, bring a list of your concerns with you. This will help the doctor and save everyone time. You can also print out a list of Asperger’s characteristics in order for the doctor to compare your traits to the characteristics list. This way if your GP is not well- informed, you can be helping educate him, which may help him refer other patients in the future.(If the child is a resident of the USA and is under the age of three then call or email www.
Evaluations done before the child’s third birthday are FREE. Do not delay! Trust your gut instinct and get services for your child as soon as possible.
It really does help.)For the diagnosis of children you may also want to refer to Leslie Burby’s book Early Signs of Autism – Diagnosis and Treatment Options. The testing process. Most processes use the DSM IV criteria for diagnosing Autism and Aspergers Syndrome.
Chat for Adults with HFA and Aspergers: Dealing With An Aspergers Husband: Tips For Married Couples. Here are some facts about adults with Aspergers and. High- Functioning Autism that neurotypical (non- Aspergers) spouses need to. So what can Aspergers- Neurotypical partners do to. Here are some important tips: Living With Aspergers: Help for Couples COMMENTS: • Anonymous said..
Great article.• Anonymous said.. I know EXACTLY how you feel.
This is my life in a nutshell. One thing that helps me is to write my thoughts and feelings down, then have him read them. This gives me time to calm down and think about how I want to say something.
Also, you need to give logistical reasons for things, at least I do. I need you to take out the trash because I'm cooking dinner." "It upsets me when you ignore me for video games because it makes me feel like you'd rather play games than be married to me. I'm asking for help because I can't do everything myself." "You cook, I clean.
This is our agreement." "You can't be around chemicals, so you have to sweep, vacuum, and do the laundry." Getting emotional usually frustrates and/or shuts my husband down. Once I learned to take a step back, breathe, and think of a reasonable argument in a calm, low tone, things got SO much better. I'm a hot- tempered Texan, so it's not 1. Ask him what he needs. That really changed my relationship. Also, try reading "Five Love Languages".
There's a quiz you can both take that will tell you your love language, which was crazy eye- opening for me and my husband.• Anonymous said.. Just try to hang in there.• Anonymous said.. Read everything about it, have someone to talk to, have your OWN free time and try to be as rational as you can when you talk to him which you have to do when you know he is in the "listening mode". I'm married to adhd and asperger for 1.
Not easy but very possible!* Anonymous said.. My husband says I am his dream girl and he wouldnt change a thing about me. Sure we didnt know I had as when we got married or for years but it sure helps to know and learn how to communicate better.* Anonymous said.. I'll talk from your hubsnd's perspective, if you'll permit. Although a person with AS can tell they've angered or disappointed you, they rarely understand why. I'll assume that your husband has the normal high IQ common amongst folks with AS, and if so you can use that to your benefit to help him learn how to relate to you and "behave" in a more neuro- typical way. No one with AS wants conflict or strife, as it only serves to worsen the anxiety and depression that is so common in this disorder. Transitory Benign Chest Wall Pain In Adults.
Take the time to explain how his behavior made you feel, and most importantly tell him EXACTLY what you want him to do differently. Try to do so calmly, and at a time that both of you agree is appropriate to discuss the concern. Right when he gets home from work, or just before bed, would not be ideal.• Anonymous said… "am finding myself slipping into feelings of resentment quite often" if you love him. This comment wouldn't bother you or even spew out your mouth or even come as a thought in your head..
Anonymous said… Everyone's wired differently and marriage is a journey, a struggle and hard work but also a fantastic experience. The key is two people who want to keep trying.• Anonymous said… Find a support group. It's easy for people to say "everyone is wired differently" but let's be honest - that puts the burden on the non- aspie partner to figure out how to deal because the aspie really cannot contribute to resolving the language barrier that happens in this situation.
And there is a significant amount that is lost in translation leaving the non- aspire partner feeling not understood, not cared for and even unloved. My support group was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Women who understand what it's like to be married to someone with Aspergers - no one else can even begin to understand the challenge. Many of the people at the adult Asperger's support groups I go to comment that their diagnosis made their marriages to their NT partner much happier. I think the linked article is pretty balanced.
It points out that both people in the relationship need to work at understanding the other. The challenges are not because ONE partner "is wired differently", it's because TWO people have brains wired differently to each other. BOTH people in the relationship need to be willing to understand and adapt to each other's outlook.• Anonymous said… I completely understand the feelings. She is asking for advice. She didnt just up and leave. This is an example of true love. She is trying to understand and reach out for help.
I agree with David Iverson.• Anonymous said… In my case my wife died before I got my diagnosis. We managed OK for 1.
I had the diagnosis. There were some arguments that I now understand were down to mutual misunderstanding from our brains being "wired differently" .
Rizza Miro & Associates - Speech Therapy, Feeding, Social Skills, Tutoring and Occupational Therapy serving Southern New Jersey. Sarina Hoell, MS.
CCC- SLPSarina Hoell, MS. CCC- SLP, received a Masters of Science in Speech Pathology from Rutgers University. She has over 2. 5 years experience as a Speech Language Pathologist working with children ages 2 to 2. Her experience includes working in the Evesham Twp.
Public Schools with the Preschool Disabled program where she provided services for the Autistic Program. At the present time she is employed full time as a Speech/Language Specialist working with the CAPPS program at Rosa International Middle School. This program provides “Social Thinking” instruction for middle school students with various diagnoses including but not limited to Aspergers Syndrome. At Rosa Middle School, Sarina also provides speech/language services for students with delays in critical thinking skills, articulation, apraxia, auditory processing and executive function.
Along with our other speech pathologists, Sarina is also certified in The Listening Program and in the Integrated Listening Systems Program. Sarina presented at various conferences including Michelle Winner’s First Annual Social Thinking Conference in June 2. Executive Function Delays in Children and Adolescents for CORA in January 2. Although her professional life is extremely important to her she takes the utmost pride in her three children who continue to make her very proud. They taught her that patience and perseverance will equal success. Philip Puleo M. A.,CCC- SLPPhil is the director of Clinical Services for PTS Inc., a Pennsylvania facility.
He is PA and NJ- licensed, as well as board- certified by ASHA. He is highly specialized in fluency treatment for stuttering and cluttering disorders, as well as receptive & expressive language disorders.
He is a very welcome addition to our facility. He collaborates with the entire staff to provide the most effective and individualized treatment for our wonderful children. Julianne Hunt, M. S., CCC- SLPJulianne is a board- certified and NJ- licensed Speech Language Pathologist with over ten years experience working with both children and adults in various therapeutic settings. These settings have included acute and sub- acute rehabilitation facilities, home care, and private practices. She received her Masters Degree in Speech Language Pathology at Loyola College in Maryland. Julianne’s passion is working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with a wide range of communication disorders. She specializes in helping children obtain age- appropriate receptive and expressive language skills, articulation skills, and phonological processing skills. She formulates individualized treatment plans to target oral sensory and motor planning deficits, language processing disorders, and voice disorders. She is also certified in the Speech E- Z Program for Apraxia as well as being an ADVANCED PRACTITIONER for the Integrated Listening Systems Program which target Central Auditory Processing Disorder.
Julianne was recognized by the American Speech- Language Hearing Association and granted an Award for Continuing Education (ACE) in May 2. She shares this honor with a select group of professionals who strive to continue professional learning beyond their formal education and licensure requirements. Emily Nahill M. S., CCC- SLPEmily is a graduate of La. Salle University in Pennsylvania where she received her Master’s of Science Degree in Speech- Language- Hearing Science.
Emily also works in Burlington County where she provides speech and language therapy and evaluates children ages preschool through middle school. She has experience with a variety of disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders, Genetic Abnormalities, Apraxia, and hearing loss mediated with the use of a cochlear implant or hearing aid. Emily’s specialty skills include her knowledge of sign language and deaf culture, alternative and augmentative forms of communication, and early developmental skill sets, all of which strengthen her ability to formulate client goals and ensure her clients’ success. Kathleen Flynn, M. A., CCC- SLPKathleen is certified by the American Speech- Language- Hearing Association and is licensed by the state of New Jersey.
She received her Master's of Arts degree from Montclair State University in Communicative Sciences and Disorders in 2. She has years of experience working with a range of disabilities in children, adolescents, and adults. Kathleen's work experience includes public and private schools from preschool through high school, private practice, and home- based settings. She gained international experience while working for a year in Ireland at a school for children with Autism. Kathleen has a passion for working with children and adolescence targeting their needs in articulation, expressive language, receptive language, and auditory processing.