Thursday, December 29, 2011

The signs of autism and aspergers

I just wanna say before you read this if you think you have autism or aspergers please please please get yourself officially diagnosed. DO NOT DIAGNOSE YOURSELF. That is a bad idea cause what may look like autism or aspergers could be something else. I suggest that if you think you or someone you know has autism or aspergers please get 3 or 4 doctors opinions and make sure they are in agreement. The reason I say this is you can be misdiagnosed. Doctors are not perfect.... If you or someone you know have just recently been diagnosed with autism or aspergers please keep in mind its not a death sentence. It's not the end of the world. There are many books and things out there to help you understand autism and what to do....Please keep in mind that even if you think you have every sign and symptom I list down that you could be wrong and I strongly encourage you to get an official diagnoses with the agreement that you have autism or aspergers by 3 or 4 doctors.

Signs and symptoms of aspergers in children.
Unable to pick up on social cues or body language. Not able to start or maintain conversation or take turns talking. May interrupt alot. Dislike in any changes in routines. Appear to lack in empathy. Be unable to notice subtle differences in accent, speech tone or pitch. May find it hard or impossible to understand jokes. May take sarcasm literally. May speak in monotone. May have a formal way of speaking that is above their age such as saying "beckon" instead of "call", or the word "return" instead of "come back." Avoids eye contact or stares at others. Has unusual facial expressions or postures. Be very preoccupied or obsessed with one certain interest or 2 or 3 interests. Talks alot about only one subject and conversation can be with them very one sided. Has delayed motor development. May be late in learning to use a fork or a spoon or ride a bike or catch a ball. May have an awkward walk. Their handwriting is often poor. May have a heightened sensitivity to light, sound, taste or touch.

Signs of aspergers in teenagers.
May start to learn social cues but communication may still be very difficult. May still have alot of trouble reading other peoples behavior and understanding behaviors. May be very introverted and shy and may feel different from others. Teens with aspergers may act younger then they are and may be very naive and to trusting. Is very vulnerable to depression and anxiety. Teens with aspergers very often are uninterested in following social norms, fads or conventional thinking.

Signs of aspergers in adults.
Usually by adulthood people with aspergers have a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Able to learn social skills and many do marry and have children. May have a high interest in little details and may be a bit of a perfectionist. Will probably have focused interests.

People with aspergers will often have other disabilities such as Bi-poler, ADHD, ADD, anxiety disorder, depression, nonverbal learning disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder.

Signs of mild autism in children.
Bad communication skills. Bad inter-personal skills. May not answer when their name is called or when directly spoken to. The child may seem not to hear the person speaking to them. Sensitive to touch or anything on the skin. Very often won't hug anyone including family. Poor eye contact. May very often be in their own world. May seem to have no sense of empathy. May suddenly lose their knowledge of how to say words or sentences that they knew how to say before. Talk without looking at the person they are talking to. May sometimes use a singsong voice and other times a monotone voice. May repeat words or phrases alot. May flap their hands, twirl, rock back and forth, tap their foreheads, touch their eyes alot, walk back and forth, snap their fingers, click their tongues or tap their feet. May make repetitive movements. May develop very specific routines and is very upset when their routine is disrupted. May become fascinated with moving objects such as fans or wheels. Many children with mild autism can't feel pain. But can have a heightened sensitivity's to light,sound,taste and touch.

Signs of mild autism in teenagers.
May engage in long one sided conversations and not notice if the person they are talking to is not interested in what they are talking about or not listening. May have a lack of eye contact. Has few facial expressions and may have awkward postures or gestures. May show intense obsession of a certain subject. May seem to have a lack of empathy. May not understand humor. May speak in monotone and may speak very quickly. Usually clumsy and trips over things that aren't there. May have two left feet.

Signs of mild autism in adults.
Impaired social skills. Unable to understand body language. May be very literal. May refrain from joining in a conversation or starting a conversation. May avoid eye contact. Often doesn't like hugging. May be very introverted. May do random monologues on an obsession they have. Often repeats things they read in books or heard in songs,movies or tv shows. May repeat certain gestures. May exhibit a need for repetition. May deeply emotional but unable to express it. May have mood swings. May have a sensory overload and may be unable to concentrate. If that happens it can lead to an outburst, meltdown or shutdown. May not by co-ordinated. May have two left feet. Trips over things that aren't there. May have an IQ of 85 or above. Some have a genius IQ. Most often they are able to take care of themselves and some people with mild autism do marry and have children.

Signs of severe autism in children.
Has great difficulty with social skills and learning things. May hurt themselves purposely and may be aggressive. Often will spin, rock back and forth, flap their hands and walk on their toes. They often will not communicate at all. May also have epilepsy. They often don't express any emotion except anger. May wring their hand alot. May have trouble walking and may have an awkward walk. Very repetitive in what they say if they say anything. Lack of non-verbal gestures. Unable to control improper behavior. Avoids eye contact or uses it in odd ways. Very much a loner and an introvert. Has an inability to imitate body movements and how to talk. Has an under or over sensibility to light,sound,taste and touch. May not like any physical contact. Unusual displays of emotion such giggling or weeping for no reason. Impulsive. Has an unwillingness for things and may appear lazy.
Many of those signs of severe autism will stay for the rest of their lives and chances are they will not marry or have children and may have to live in a group home.

Also people with autism and aspergers are able to learn and understand the Bible. Some people think they can't and also can't love GOD. NOT TRUE. I have mild autism and I am a Christian and I love GOD. My brother has severe autism and he's a Christian and he loves GOD... People with autism or aspergers can often smell things others can't. They can often smell soft drinks or different kinds of weather or the seasons. People with autism or aspergers may also to be able to feel an earthquake 10 to 15 minutes before others do. People with autism or aspergers all often will rock back and forth, twirl, click their tongues, tap their feet, tap their foreheads, touch their eyes and walk on their toes. People with autism or aspergers are often vulnerable to depression, anxiety, meltdowns and shutdowns. People with autism or aspergers are often very clumsy and very awkward. People with autism or aspergers will sometimes fidget. People with autism or aspergers will often speak in monotone or a singsong voice. People with autism or aspergers find it hard to understand and use social skills and social cues. People with autism or aspergers often have an under or over heightened sense of sound,light,touch,taste and smell. People with autism or aspergers will often not like the smell of certain foods or won't like the texture or taste of certain foods and can appear to be a fussy eater. People with autism or aspergers will often find it hard to say things such as one time I went to talk with my Pastor and when I saw him nothing came out. Not a thing. It happens. It may be easier for people with autism or aspergers to communicate in other ways such as blogs or e-mails, txting or writing letters. People with autism or aspergers can be very impulsive and go off on tangents and easily distracted. People with autism or aspergers are often visual learners....

Well I hope you enjoyed reading that. As I said before please DO NOT diagnose yourself. If you think you or someone you know has autism or aspergers please get an official diagnoses with the agreement that you or someone you know has autism or aspergers from 3 or 4 doctors. If you have been recently diagnosed with or autism or aspergers its not the end of the world....

3 comments:

semitone said...

Wow there's so much I had no idea about. Thank you Jenny for taking the time to explain all this it is really interesting and useful.

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Earth-Fire Fox said...

I have A.S. The mention of being able to feel an earthquake 10 to 15 minutes before others do was pretty awesome :)