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What is Autism?

 
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person's lifetime. It is part of a group of disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Today, 1 in 150 individuals is diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. It occurs in all racial, ethnic, and social groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. Autism impairs a person's ability to communicate and relate to others. It is also associated with rigid routines and repetitive behaviors, such as obsessively arranging objects or following very specific routines. Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe.

Autism was first diagnosed in 1943 by Dr. Leo Kanner of Johns Hopkins Hospital. At the same time, a German scientist, Dr. Hans Asperger, described a milder form of the disorder, that is now known as Asperger Syndrome. These two disorders are listed in the DSM IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) as two of the five developmental disorders that fall under the autism spectrum disorders. The others are Rett Syndrome, PDD NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder) and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder. All of these disorders are characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills and social abilities, and also by repetitive behaviors.
 
Please view the short video "Autism Every Day".
 
If you are unsure if your child may have autism, please go to this link at the Autism Research Institute, and fill out their confidential diagnostic checklist. It is free, and completely private: http://www.autism.com/autism/first/e23.htm
 

Aspergers Syndrome Resources (AS)

Asperger's Syndrome (AS) is disorder falling under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).  Asperger's Syndrome is less severe in its symptoms than Autism and is characterized by brillinace, need for routines and social implications. Asperger's Syndrome is difficult to diagnose and is often called many other things, before it is called Asperger's.
 

About Aspergers Syndrome

Asperger's Syndrome
Asperger's Syndrome - What is it?
Diagnostic Criteria of Asperger's Disorder
Teaching Strategies for Asperger's Students

 

Aspergers Websites

 

Aspergers Online Support, Forums and Chat

  • Proudly Autistic link to page selling t-shirts and other items
  • Wrong Planet The Online Community and Resource for those with Asperger Syndrome 
  •  Aspergers World 3  This group is set up in order to help other Adult Aspies and their carers to come to terms with the condition. Free speech is encouraged, although no flaming with be tolerated and posts be moderated for the first 2 weeks. NTs are welcome in this group, but the theme is support for Aspies.
  • Aspie Hangout
    This forum is for individuals with Aspergers Syndrome and Related Diagnosis ONLY
  • ASPartners
    This is a forum for spouses and partners of those diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome
  • ASPIRES (Asperger Syndrome Partners & Individuals Resources, Encouragement and Support). This is an on-line resource for spouses and family members of adults diagnosed or suspected to be on the autistic spectrum. Their approach is directed towards solving problems in relationships.
 
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