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Five things I wish people would know before meeting my Asperger's husband

There is a great gaping hole in the awareness of Asperger's or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in the general population. Since my husband's diagnosis, he has felt at a loss as to how to explain himself and the stigma of judgement is so strong that he'd rather act 'normal' than be open about his struggles.

Figurative language processing in atypical populations: the ASD perspective

Figurative language is a cover term for linguistic expressions whose interpretation is nonliteral, where the meaning of the expression as a whole cannot be computed directly from the meaning of its constituents. Figurative language can vary in types, degrees of extension from the literal and degrees of transparency,

CALL TO IMPROVE AUTISM DIAGNOSIS AS 1,700 UNSUPPORTED IN ABERDEEN

Thousands of people with autism in the North-east are missing out on vital support because they are not being diagnosed, according to campaigners. Figures show around 84% of adults with autistic spectrum disorder are unknown to services in Aberdeen.

Pa. district judges take course on how to identify, work with autistic defendants in court

District Judge Tom Swan and his family live with autism every day. Swan is one of 1,000 district judges in the state who are now required to take a course on how to handle autistic defendants off all ages in their courtrooms. Continuing education laws were updated in July to help district judges better recognize indicators of the disability that affects one in 68 children, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.

1 in 45 US Kids Has an Autism Spectrum 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).

Adults with Asperger Disorder Misdiagnosed as Schizophrenic

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.

Strategies Can Help Calm Children with Autism Undergoing Surgery

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.

Loneliness can literally hurt your heart, scientists say

Researchers reported in the journal Heart this week that poor social relationships could actually hurt your heart. The study involved what is known as a meta-analysis of 23 previous studies involving 181,000 people. This involves taking the raw data, pooling it and reanalyzing it. In total, the studies included 4,628 cases of cardiovascular disease and 3,002 stroke cases. The researchers found that being lonely or socially isolated appeared to be associated with a 29 percent increase in risk of heart disease and with a 32 percent increase in risk of stroke.

The Use and Misuse of Diagnostic Labels

Clarification is important because, whatever other condition may also be present, when a child or adult has an autistic spectrum disorder, this has a major effect in determining the needs of the person concerned. Providing the right kind of help and services is essential for the person's future progress and quality of life. The right diagnosis and the right help also makes life much easier for the person's family.

Gender variance and autism spectrum disorders often overlap

Autism spectrum disorders and gender identity issues often occur together in children, according to new research that supports previous findings. Children with an autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) were seven times more likely than other children to report gender variance on a questionnaire, researchers at one U.S. medical center found.

Women with autism: do they really suffer less than men?

Are autistic women the ultimate masters of disguise? New research suggests women could face yet another gender-related disadvantage.

Psychopathy... Or Asperger's Syndrome?

Why should you be aware of AS? For several reasons.  It's easy to miss the signs until you are already involved. It's commonly mistaken for psychopathy for those looking to find an explanation for their partner's behavior.

MINDBLIND Means They Can't See You

People with Asperger’s syndrome (AS) are “mindblind.” This deficit explains why they’re so completely self-centered. To understand how the mind of a person with AS works, and how it affects those who are closely involved with them, you need understand two main things: Theory of Mind and Mindblindness.

Management of mental ill health in people with autism spectrum disorder

Adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may require medical assessment and care, especially for mental health conditions. Although substantial knowledge and resources are available regarding the management of mental ill health in children with ASD, substantial gaps remain for adults with ASD. Diagnostic overshadowing, limitations of communication skills and the heterogeneous nature of this patient population can make practice in this area more challenging, and can contribute to poorer outcomes, including overprescribing of psychotropic medications.

Asperger's May Be More Common in Kids With Gender Dysphoria

Children with gender dysphoria -- that is, they identify with the gender opposite to their biological sex -- may have a higher prevalence of Asperger syndrome than the general population, researchers found.

Autism Rates Among American Kids Rising, Says Survey: What Parents Should Know

Almost one in every 45 children in the United States suffers from a condition known as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a new study finds.

Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have discovered an increase in the number of young children with ASD after updating the questions used to survey parents.

When Do Smartphones Become Dumbphones?

I saw an example a few days ago as my wife and I ate in a local Greek restaurant. We tucked into a lamb gyro (me) and a Spanakopita (her), and watched three adults at a table near us ignore the three elementary school-aged children who were with them. The adults were all focused on their smartphone screens. The kids entertained themselves and periodically (and unsuccessfully) tried to engage the adults.

Are Dual-STEM Couples More Likely to Have a Child on the Autism Spectrum?

I’ve written quite a bit over the years about Asperger’s Syndrome in the IT community. It’s a topic that I’m convinced warrants frank and open discussion in order to bring about a broader understanding of this high-functioning type of autism, and why it seems to be more common among IT professionals, relatively speaking, than it is among the population as a whole.

A particularly fascinating question arising from this discussion is this: If two STEM professionals have a child, is that child more likely than he otherwise would be to have Asperger’s Syndrome?

NT Children of Parents with Aspergers: Looking for Information?

Six years ago, I wrote an article for neurotypical children of parents with Asperger's syndrome. I wrote that some NT offspring of AS parents have grown up feeling unloved, that their parents were not able to tune in to their needs and their feelings. As children, they blamed themselves for a disconnect between them and their parents. Often as adults they have continued to suffer from the lack they experienced in childhood.

The response from neurotypical kids to that article "Asperger's Parents and Neurotypical Children"was substantial, and still ongoing, six years later. So much so that I am writing on the subject again.

 

 

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