Families of Adults Affected
by Asperger's Syndrome
"What a better way to learn about a culture, than to live with them."*
Those who live with a family member, friend or co-worker with Asperger's Syndrome often struggle silently with concerns and frustrations. At FAAAS, we strive to inform, validate and support family members who do not have Asperger's Syndrome, but whose lives are affected by this disorder.
About 1 in 45 children in the United States has an autism spectrum disorder, according to a new government estimate of the condition's prevalence in 2014. This new report is based on data collected during the yearly National Health Interview Survey, from interviews of parents about their children, and is the first report of the prevalence of autism in the U.S. to include data from the years 2011 to 2014, according to the researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Psychologists have a prominent role in the diagnosis and treatment of developmental disorders. With the inclusion of Asperger disorder in the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition: American Psychiatric Association, 1994), there is an explosion of interest in mild autistic disorders. This syndrome, which is characterized by problems in interpersonal relatedness, empathetic communication, and imagination, has only recently become known in this country.
Surgeons have historically relied on sedation to deal with the distress of children with autism being prepped to undergo an operation, but a new review outlines other strategies that may help both doctors and patients have a better experience.
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