Guide dating autism
Parents usually sense there is something unusual about a child with AS by the time of his or her third birthday, and some children may exhibit symptoms as early as infancy.Unlike children with autism, children with AS retain their early language skills.Motor development delays – crawling or walking late, clumsiness – are sometimes the first indicator of the disorder.The incidence of AS is not well established, but experts in population studies conservatively estimate that two out of every 10,000 children have the disorder.
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AS became a distinct disease and diagnosis in 1992, when it was included in the tenth published edition of the World Health Organization’s diagnostic manual, International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10), and in 1995 it was added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV), the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic reference book.
Twin and family studies suggest there is a genetic vulnerability to AS and the other ASDs, but a specific gene for AS hasn’t been identified.
There are instances where adults do not realize that they have AS personalities until they are having difficulties with relationships and/or attending relationship counseling.
Recognition of the very literal and logical thought processes that are symptomatic of AS can be a tremendous help to both partners in a close/family relationship.
Asperger’s observations, published in German, were not widely known until 1981, when an English doctor named Lorna Wing published a series of case studies of children showing similar symptoms, which she called “Asperger’s” syndrome.