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Aspergers and Autism
 
autismspeaks.org
 
cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index
(once link opens, click "A" in the A-Z Index; then scroll down to Autism)
 
ninds.nih.gov/disorders/autism/detail_autism
(once link opens, click "A" on the Disorders A-Z Line; then scroll down to Autism)

https://tip.duke.edu/node/1512 (Advocating for Your Gifted Child With Autism)
 
http://www.davidsongifted.org/db/Articles_id_10167.aspx (Gifted Children with Asperberger's Syndrome- Twice Exceptional)
 
http://psychcentral.com/lib/debunking-6-myths-about-asperger-syndrome/ (Myths about Aspergers)

http://blog.autismspeaks.org/2011/11/21/11-myths-about-autism/ (Myths About Autism)
 
(Advocate For Your Autistic Ahild)
 
 
Co-Occurrence of Autism Spectrum Disorder with other conditions

  • Symptoms of ADHD and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) often co-occur.
  • Studies show that between 30 and 50% of individuals with ASD manifest ADHD symptoms.  
  • Both syndromes cause significant behavioral, academic, emotional, and adaptive problems in school, at home, and elsewhere

  • Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have a higher risk of having overlapping conditions (co-morbidity)
  • The most common of these include dyslexia, ADHD, dyspraxia, specific language impairment, and dyscalculia.
               -   There is considerable symptom overlap in particular between ADHD and dyslexia,
  • Other conditions that are commonly co-morbid with ASD: hearing impairment, behavioural problems, anxiety, and depression
  • Children with ASD have been shown to have higher rates of epilepsy, with 30% of cases having epilepsy comorbid               
  • Co-morbidity may reflect the greater difficulties experienced by children with a combination of deficits.
               -   Sometimes many children with a developmental disorder could be classified in several ways.
  • There is international consensus on co-morbidity
  • Studies from Canada, the UK, USA and Scandinavia all show how hard it is provide an unequivocal diagnosis
               -   leading to the quote  "co-morbidity is the rule, not the exception".
               -   If the children met the dyslexia criteria, there was a 51.6% chance of having another disorder.
               -   If the children met the ADHD criteria there was an 80.4% chance of having another disorder.
               -   discrete categories do not exist in real life.
               -   it is important to examine children for evidence of co-occurring disorders




Ask the Expert Videos: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? & Aspergers vs. Nonverbal LD
By the National Center for Learning Disabilities (7 minute videos)
 
                    Autism Spectrum Disorder                                                 Aspergers vs. Nonverbal LD: The same or different?