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Hello, well I don't really know where to start, but we have a 4 yr old daughter, Lily, who I feel is showing signs of Aspergers. First she's clumsy, always has been the little girl with two left feet, and she knows know stranger, literally doesn't grasp the concept of it. One time we went to a restaurant and she petted the waitresses leg and tried to hold her hand the entire time we ordered. That takes me to personal space, she has no understanding of what that means. It seems she is constantly in peoples bubble often annoying other children in the process. She also walks on the tips of her feet, and cant seem to sit or stand still especially while talking she does this sort of dance twisting and turning. Her language and speech is very advanced and always has been except she sounds like shes 24 instead of 4. Lately I have been noticing a lot of what she says are exact sentences she has heard us say or lines from movies but she uses them in perfect context for the conversation. She has no volume button, her preferred method is loud with a side of loud. She has also started becoming argumentative, I know that's normal but she will literally argue about everything down to the last tiny detail. Also she is still throwing awful tantrums , her last "episode" was because I didn't get any change back from the cashier at Mcdonalds and "you are always supposed to get money back from them" I had to carry her out kicking and screaming because she just wouldn't let it go. Now I see a lot of these as possible Asperger signs but I do not know if she is just a strong willed child. She also has an imaginary friend Unicorn with whom she is obsessed with and she has a weird preoccupation with God when we aren't a very religious family. Please if anyone has any advice or insight I would appreciate it!
 

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Hi Hmcquee, I'm not sure what state you are in, but I think if I were you I would also be concerned. Most states have a child development clinic of some kind, affiliated with a university or the state. Your daughter's primary care should be able to refer you. You should know that in the new manual from the American Psychiatric Society, Asperger's has been taken away, and replaced with an 'autism spectrum,' so don't let that frighten you. There are many neurodevelopmental differences in people, so it acknowledges that continuum from mild to more impairment. You may want to cross post on the Special Needs forum here at Mothering to get insight from others about the best testing, etc.

Keep reaching out.
 
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