Absolutely 100 percent the case in our families experience.
Not related to this post, but to Asperger's diagnoses in general, is that a lot of people perceive that kids on the Autistic spectrum have way greater or way different difficulties than those with learning disabilities or ADHD, we've even had parents feeling that having a different forum for these problems would be suitable. Yet, having worked with special needs kids in the past, I've seen kids with "plain old" ADHD have more trouble than some kids on the spectrum. A lot of kids on the spectrum would pass for just having a learning disability or being "quirky" if the diagnoses wasn't disclosed. The only people who seem to just "know" my son is on the spectrum without my saying are close friends or family of other people with high functioning autism. There's such a range of ability and behavior along the spectrum, I think it's not always easy to recognize, even for professionals.
Exactly! I doubt DS1 is Asperger's, he is only 3, he has a PDD-NOS dx right now. Almost no one sees the ASD, he passes as quirky. People are often stunned when I reveal his dx, even therapists. He is though, we traveled to get his dx through a child development center at a Children's Hospital, I have no doubts that he is ASD. DS1 has his difficulties, and life isn't a piece of cake with him BUT compared to my oldest who "just" has SPD, anxiety disorder, and dyslexia, he is a million and one times easier. She is almost 10, medicated, has in in 4-5 hours of weekly therapy for years, and every single day with her leaves me wanting to bang my head repeatedly against the wall. Everything is so very difficult with her, in every accept of life, it has not gotten any easier with maturity or age. I don't know if it ever will. I almost worry more about her being a "functional adult" then I do my child with ASD.
Asperger Syndrome can be diagnosed at 18 months. Most children are diagnosed between the ages of 21 months and 3 years of age. Early intervention has been proven by research to be beneficial to those who are in the autistic spectrum, especially with those children with communication deficits, transition and socialization issues.
No to the bolded.
Asperger's is typically diagnosed after 3, and many are diagnosed at school age. Many kids who end up with an Asperger's diagnosis have a PDD-NOS diagnosis as it's suspected/believed they are on the spectrum, but are too young to be fully assessed against the range of PDD criteria. Many kids who end up with an Asperger's diagnosis also go through a series of other diagnoses first, as previous posters have pointed out.
Early Intervention absolutely can help, but many kids on the spectrum are diagnosed after the EI years.
I wonder about the interest in an 18-month old thread, about a child who has aged out of EI.
OP, if you see this: I hope things have worked out for you and your child. Was a standardized instrument ever used?
OP here... it is strange to see I thread that I started so long ago pop up. Interesting timing, as we just recently did get another Psychiatric opinion due to another huge flare-up in anxiety and behavioural escalations. This Psychiatrist feels strongly that DS is not on the spectrum, and that the primary problem that needs to be addressed is anxiety. We, as parents, are still not entirely confident that ASD has been completely ruled out and will never be looked at again, but for now we are treating the anxiety as the primary focus (medication and trying to set up CBT), and are still working on understanding of social pragmatics, feelings, non-literal language, etc. at home. We have tried counseling, group CBT (based on the Coping Cats program), and had a language assessment with a focus on pragmatics and non-literal language since I started this thread, but have not had another evaluation specific to ASD. Fortunately, the school has been very supportive without having an official IEP or diagnosis on file, and minor accommodations are being made to reduce his anxiety level at school and he has been kept with a good group of peers which has helped with some of the social challenges. This year he is showing more signs of anxiety at school, and school staff are aware that he is being treated (including meds) for anxiety, and they are also aware that he does have some "spectrumy traits" but that there is disagreement over whether or not he fits the diagnosis. At some point we may need to have formal documentation on file at school, and we will probably do another full Psych ax at that time to figure out what the best "label" is, and exactly what accommodations will help him the most.
Re: Aspergers being diagnosed young... It certainly isn't being diagnosed prior to 3 around here, most Aspergers diagnoses are being made in the school years. I do think there are probably a small subset of kids who could be accurately diagnosed prior to age 3, but many kids with Aspergers seem a little quirky when they are young, but their social challenges don't show up very clearly until the social expectations increase during the school years.
Hey, I remember this thread!
My ds is in his second year of public school now, and had really markedly improved. I think he has a delay in brain development more than anything else - not the intellectual bits, but the bits that handle fine motor and emotional self-control. He had a full psych eval by the school last year and was given "an academic diagnosis of autism," but I'm pretty sure that nobody believes him to be autistic in the medical sense of the term. Spectrummy is more like it. He is getting speech therapy with a bunch of other similar kids, and has an IEP that includes some behavioral accommodations (he can give himself "time-outs" if he thinks he's going to lose his cool, stuff like that). I'm still working on getting him a full OT eval to see if he qualifies for some help with his fine motor skills.
Basically, we're thrilled. He is so much happier and more socially functional than he was when I posted here 18 months ago. If he continues to make the kind of progress he has made, I think he has a real chance at "passing for normal" in adulthood. Which is all I've ever been able to do