Asperger’s Syndrome (also known as “Autism Spectrum Disorder – without intellectual or language impairment”) may be difficult to diagnose.
Why is Aspergers not diagnosed?
The Asperger diagnosis is distinguished from autism by a lack of language and cognitive delay. However, language and cognitive delay are not diagnostic criteria for autism. So, to fail to meet criteria for autism, a person with Asperger syndrome must not show the communication impairments specified for autism.
Can Asperger’s syndrome go unnoticed?
Asperger’s may go unnoticed until your child reaches puberty. That’s when he or she faces physical and hormonal changes along with more social and educational challenges. Every teen experiences Asperger’s differently, but general signs may include: Trouble taking turns during conversations.
How do doctors know if you have Aspergers?
Asperger’s syndrome gained increased attention before being wrapped into the autism spectrum disorder. With more education and information available, doctors are able to diagnose this disorder in children as young as 18 months old. There is no blood test or medical imaging scan to diagnose the condition.
Do people with Aspergers struggle?
A person with Asperger’s tends to have abnormal social functioning and repetitive behaviors, while having normal levels of intelligence and development of verbal skills. In other words, people with this diagnosis tend to be intelligent but struggle with social situations.
What famous actors have Aspergers?
Here are seven famous people living with Asperger’s.
- Susan Boyle. Doug Gifford/Getty Images. …
- Courtney Love. Michael Tran/Getty Images. …
- Dan Harmon. Richard Shotwell/AP Photo. …
- Dan Aykroyd. Sarah Hummert/AP Photo. …
- Daryl Hannah. Jacopo Raule/Getty Images. …
- Sir Anthony Hopkins. Mike Marsland/Getty Images. …
- Andy Warhol.
What can be mistaken for Aspergers?
The conditions listed below all exhibit similar behavioral symptoms to autism spectrum disorder. Behavioral treatments for these conditions overlap with those of autism. However, treatments should always be informed by diagnosis.
- Prader-Willi Syndrome.
- Angelman Syndrome.
- Rett Syndrome.
- Tardive Dyskinesia.
What happens if Aspergers goes untreated?
Some of the effects of unaddressed or untreated Asperger’s syndrome may include: Social isolation. Difficulty making and keeping friends. Challenges in finding and maintaining steady employment.
What is the life expectancy of someone with Asperger’s?
One study, published in the American Journal of Public Health in April 2017, finds the life expectancy in the United States of those with ASD to be 36 years old as compared to 72 years old for the general population. They note that those with ASD are 40 times more likely to die from various injuries.
What is an Asperger’s meltdown in adults?
A meltdown is where a person with autism or Asperger’s temporarily loses control because of emotional responses to environmental factors. They aren’t usually caused by one specific thing. Triggers build up until the person becomes so overwhelmed that they can’t take in any more information.
What are the symptoms of high functioning Aspergers?
High Functioning Autism Symptoms
- Emotional Sensitivity.
- Fixation on Particular Subjects or Ideas.
- Linguistic Oddities.
- Social Difficulties.
- Problems Processing Physical Sensations.
- Devotion to Routines.
- Development of Repetitive or Restrictive Habits.
- Dislike of Change.
What does Aspergers look like?
displays unusual nonverbal communication, such as lack of eye contact, few facial expressions, or awkward body postures and gestures. does not empathize with or seems insensitive to others’ feelings and has a hard time “reading” other people or may have difficulty understanding humor.
At what age is Aspergers usually diagnosed?
Boys are three to four times more likely than girls to have Asperger’s Syndrome. Most cases are diagnosed between the ages of five and nine, with some diagnosed as early as age three.