i think my son has autism how can i find out forsure?
If he does the specialist will be the one to set up therapy for him. It is not for us amateur medicine men here to decide.
Autism is a communication disorder. People with autism have trouble communicating their needs. They also have social withdrawal and some stereotyped behaviors. Skin sensitivity may or may not be on the spectrum, but it would be one of the least indicators for autism, if that is the only symptom. Get the GARS and you will have a better idea if he is on the autism spectrum.
Asperger’s is a social disorder. The difference between autism and Asperger’s is that Asperger’s people communicate just fine. It is the content of their communication that is off. The don’t understand social norms at all.
I hope I’ve Helped also Autism Speaks is a good site for answers.If you ever want to chat just e-mail me.
You’ll definitely want to take him to a specialist because autism has only been recognized as something other than mental retardation for about the past 50 years…and Asperger’s is only about 15 years old. If you just start out with a general practitioner or psychologist I think you’ll find they aren’t as educated on the subject as you’ll need them to be.
(Asperger’s is a mild form of autism…this is a good list of specialists, and if it is more serious they can direct you to an autism-specialist, but I think you would have definitely had to have gotten professional help by now if he had low-functioning autism).
Don’t worry! Autism isn’t a death sentence…it’s just a pain in the *** to work around, and it can make life hard in certain areas, but at the end of the day he’s still your kid. 🙂 If you learn to “speak his language” and he learns to “speak yours”, things get 100x easier…it’s just a matter of finding the dictionary, so to speak.
A good website for people with Autism/Asperger’s (as well as their loved ones): www.wrongplanet.net
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