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Autism, Asperger's and PDD

Problems in many of these areas are common in this group of disorders


Avoidance of or reduced Eye Contact

Difficulty reading facial expressions, body posture & tone of voice

Minimal use of gestures to regulate social interaction
Feelings are alien

Difficulty cooperating with or playing with others. Play tends to be mainly parallel play.
Difficulty developing friendships, or showing emotional reciprocity.
Behavior is often very inflexible and rigid. Any unexpected change causes distress. There may be extreme persistence and inflexible adherence to unhelpful routines and rituals. There may be a burning interest in one or more topic - often to the point of obssesion. There may be a persistent or obsessive interest. Gems and dinosaurs are common. Some great scientists may have suffered from Asperger's and benefited from their burning obsession with a scientific problem.

Stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements).


By current definition, the major difference between Asperger's and High Functioning Autism is normal language development in Asperger's. Some researchers consider Asperger's to be a variant of Autism with normal language.

Browse    AUTISM and ASPERGER'S BOOKS
 
 
Links

Asperger's Association of New Englandhas many active classes & activities

Autism Research Centre Baron-Cohen Britain
 
 
Asperger's Syndrome

Autism Program at Yale Child Study Center has downloadable guidelines for treatment

Symtrendelectronic recording for Asperger's - a Boston based program backed by major research grants

Diet

Many parents believe some of the symptoms of Autism are lessened by eliminating certain foods. Gluten (protein found in wheat, oats, barley, rye) and casein (milk protein) sensitivity are believed to be especially common in Autism.

Is there a link between Autism and the gut? Interview with Harvard Mass General Hospital physician

Allergyeats.com Search for allergy safe restaurants

Gluten.net Site devoted to gluten sensitivity

Autism-nutrition.com Espouses controversial, very enthusiastic views on the effectiveness of nutritonal and alternative biomedical treatments

Tutors specializing in Autistic children