About Autism / Spectrum Disorders: Can Kids with Asperger Syndrome Look Too “Normal?” | Circa Sept 18, 2007

Tue, Sep 18, 2007, 7:35 AM | Newsletter

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from Lisa Jo Rudy

Kids with Asperger syndrome are often diagnosed relatively late – sometimes into teenage years. The reason is simple: kids with Asperger syndrome look so “normal” that their social, communications and sensory difficulties often look more like misbehavior than like developmental challenges.

As a result, many kids with Asperger syndrome lose out on early intervention and therapy until their problems become overwhelming. Is it possible to look “too normal?” Here are a few articles that address that very question.


In the Spotlight

How to Explain Your Child’s Asperger Syndrome
Asperger syndrome is invisible, at least some of the time. At other times, though, symptoms rise to the surface. When should parents tell their children that they have Asperger syndrome? When and how should parents explain Asperger syndrome to other adults?


Should a Teen with Asperger’s Try to Be “Normal?”
As youngsters with Aspergers approach their teen years, the pressure to “act normal” increases. How far should a parent push their child with Asperger’s to “act more normal?” Kate Goldfield, a young adult on the autism spectrum, offers ideas and insights.


Can a Person with a High IQ Be “Very Autistic?”
When talking about the autism spectrum, it’s common to use the terms “low functioning” and “high functioning.” The implication is that “high functioning” autism is less of an issue for day-to-day functioning – and thus that “high functioning” autistics require less support, less treatment, and fewer services.


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