Category Archives: Asperger’s Syndrome

Autism rate increases by 30 percent, CDC reports

Child holds up board as a reminder of World Autism Awareness Day (April 2, 2014).

Child holds up board as a reminder of World Autism Awareness Day (April 2, 2014).

 

 

 

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that autism rates have increased by 30 percent, and 1 in 68 children had an autism spectrum disorder in 2010. The numbers have surged since the 2012 report, which released statistics for 2008 at 1 in 88 children.

Click here to read about the rise in US autism rates.

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Twenty-eight cases of mumps linked to Ohio State University

Toddler with physician-diagnosed rash reaction to MMR vaccine. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Toddler with physician-diagnosed rash reaction to MMR vaccine. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

 

 

 

Twenty-eight people closely associated with Ohio State University now have the mumps. The victims include 23 students, one staff member and four others who have ties to the university.

The illnesses were documented from Feb. 11 to March 12 and sufferers range from age 18 to age 48. It is unclear whether they were unvaccinated as vaccination is not an admissions requirement . . .

Click here to read about mumps outbreak at Ohio State University.

The problem with Peter Lanza wishing his son Adam was never born

The New Yorker, March 17, 2014 issue, includes an exclusive interview with Peter Lanza, father of the Sandy Hook School shooter.

The New Yorker, March 17, 2014 issue, includes an exclusive interview with Peter Lanza, father of the Sandy Hook School shooter.

 

 

 

 

Peter Lanza, father of Sandy Hook school shooter, Adam Lanza, recently granted an interview to The New Yorker. There were no great revelations on why Adam Lanza killed his mother, 20 children, six adults and then himself. More questions were raised than answers found, but a statement in which the father says he wishes his son had never been born is telling and problematic . . .

Click here to read about The New Yorker exclusive interview with Sandy Hook shooter’s father, Peter Lanza.

How to help a child who has Asperger’s syndrome

Asperger's Syndrome ribbon, a symbol of the disorder which is similar to the autism ribbon. (Image: Chesapeake Bay Academy blog)

Asperger’s Syndrome ribbon, a symbol of the disorder which is similar to the autism ribbon. (Image: Chesapeake Bay Academy blog)

 

 

Author’s note: This is the fourth installment in an occasional series of reports meant to separate Asperger’s syndrome myths from facts and assist those who love and care for AS-affected individuals.

Asperger’s syndrome (AS) is a neurodevelopmental, autism spectrum disorder that affects certain areas of the brain, mainly the parts that regulate speech and communication. Although the fifth edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” (DSM-5) no longer classifies AS as distinct from other autism spectrum disorders, clinicians continue referring to children with symptoms like the ones described here as having AS, and the term AS is used throughout this report . . .

Click here for suggestions on how to help a child who has Asperger’s Syndrome.

Asperger’s Syndrome and lack of friendships (Part II)

 Asperger"s Syndrome-affected boy observing a molecule module. (Wikimedia Commons/Poindexter Propellerhead)

Asperger”s Syndrome-affected boy observing a molecule module. (Wikimedia Commons, Phoro: credit: Poindexter Propellerhead)

Although the 2013 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5), which will be released on May 27, has eliminated a distinct category for Asperger’s syndrome (also known as Asperger’s disorder), the writer will continue writing about Asperger’s syndrome. Why? Out of respect for Aspies (how AS individuals describe themselves) who owned the “label,” identified with it and formed a supportive community for themselves . . .

Click here to read more about Asperger’s Syndrome. A link to Part I of the series is embedded in the full article text.

New Center for Disease Control study: Rate of autism increases

18-month-old autistic child engaged in restrictive interest of stacking cans. (Wikimedia Commons, Photo credit: Nancy J. Wright)

18-month-old autistic child engaged in restrictive interest of stacking cans. (Wikimedia Commons/NancyJ.Wright)

US school children are being diagnosed with some form of autism at the rate of 1 in 50, according to a new Center for Disease Control study. Authors of the government study say this is due to better detection–not environmental factors . . .

Read about the CDC’s new study on autism.

Asperger’s Syndrome and lack of friendships (Part I)

"Look Me in the Eye" is penned by John Elder Robison. He eloquently writes about growing up with no friends and his Asperger Syndrome diagnosis. Image: public domain.

“Look Me in the Eye” is penned by John Elder Robison. He eloquently writes about growing up with no friends and his Asperger Syndrome diagnosis. Image: public domain.

Author’s Note: This is the second installment in a series of articles meant to separate Asperger’s Syndrome myths from facts. Although this is the second report, it is the first one on “lack of friendships” which begins a series within a series of reports on AS.

The Newtown, Conn., school massacre thrust Asperger’s syndrome, also known as Asperger’s disorder, into the public eye. After the shooting, the news media dispersed word of a diagnosis of Asperger’s for Adam Lanza, the school shooter, which has not been verified. (Click here for the first intallment in this series, a definition and overview of Asperger’s) . . .

Click here to read the second installment in a series of articles meant to separate Asperger’s Syndrome myths from facts.

Asperger’s Syndrome: Definition and overview

Hans Asperger, working with a child in his clinic, in Vienna, Austria. Image: Public domain.

Hans Asperger, working with a child in his clinic, in Vienna, Austria. Image: Public domain.

 

 

This is the first in a series of articles which will separate the myths from the facts on a type of autism many had not heard of until recently — Asperger’s Syndrome (also known as Asperger’s Disorder).

It was reported that the Connecticut school shooter, Adam Lanza, was diagnosed with AS, and many mistakenly assume AS predisposes an individual to violent behavior which is not true. AS is not a mental illness; it is a form of autism, often referred to as high-functioning autism . . .

What is Asperger’s Syndrome? Read about it here.