So what exactly is Asperger’s?
According to NIH.gov which classifies Asperger’s as a part of Autism Spectrum Disorder – ASD occurs in every racial and ethnic group, and across all socioeconomic levels. However, it seems boys are significantly more likely to develop ASD than girls. According to the Center of Disease Control (CDC) “ASD is about 4.5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189.)
Now, I can appreciate the estimate, but it could very well be that ASD us being under reported as girls, as stated by Dr. Tony Attwood, who specializes in the study and assistance for those with ASD.
Also, it seems that ASD, as well as ADHD can run in families, like mine. I won’t go into details, but let us just say that we’all see things rather differently than most… in a good way.
So, what does this all mean? It means that there very well could be alot of children/teens/adults who are part of the autism spectrum and yet are misdiagnosed – but I digress.
- Not respond to their name by 12 months of age
- Not point at objects to show interest (point at an airplane flying over) by 14 months
- Not play “pretend” games (pretend to “feed” a doll) by 18 months
- Avoid eye contact and want to be alone
- Have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings
- Have delayed speech and language skills
- Repeat words or phrases over and over (echolalia)
- Give unrelated answers to questions
- Get upset by minor changes
- Have obsessive interests
- Flap their hands, rock their body, or spin in circles
- Have unusual reactions to the way things sound, smell, taste, look, or feel(However, social issues are one of the most common symptoms in all of the types of ASD. People with an ASD do not have just social “difficulties” like shyness. The social issues they have cause serious problems in everyday life.
Aspergers? Is it in fact having been gifted with it is the diagnosis a blessing or a curse. It is neither and and yet both. As in life, there is a ying and a yang (a good and a not so good) in everything. Therefore, it is up to all of us to live life the best we can. Knowledge is power and the more we know about ourselves, the happier we can live our lives – at least, that is the way I see it.