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Asperger's Answer Book : Professional Answers to 300 of the Top Questions Parents Ask
It is currently estimated that over 500,000 families struggle with Asperger's Syndrome, a highly prevalent yet difficult to diagnose disorder that affects hundreds of thousands of children and adults.
In a time when parents are overwhelmed with confusing-and often conflicting-information, The Asperger's Answer Book provides them with clear and confident counsel. Written by an experienced child psychologist, The Asperger's Answer Book covers such topics as:
--Is it autism or is it Asperger's?
--Getting your child evaluated
--Routines and rituals
--Growing up with Asperger's Syndrome
Written in an easy-to-read Q&A format, The Asperger's Answer Book helps parents understand and accept their child's illness and develop a plan for success.
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September 30, 2006
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Excerpt from Asperger's Answer Book by Susan Ashley
What is Asperger's Disorder?
Asperger's Disorder, which will be referred to as AD throughout this book, is considered a pervasive developmental disorder. This means it causes significant problems in many areas of the child's development, including socialization, communication, behavior, thinking, and activities.
Children, teens, and adults who have AD have significant problems with:
1. Socializing with others
4. Intense preoccupation with one or two topics
5. Repetitive routines, behaviors, and movements
7. Speech and language
8. Motor skills
9. Sensitivity to sensations of sound, light, or touch
Individuals with AD are different from people with other pervasive developmental disorders in that they do not have significant delays in language, cognitive development, or self-help skills.
Symptoms of AD are seen in every setting, including at home, in the classroom, on the playground, and in after-school and extracurricular activities. Virtually every area of the AD child's life is affected.