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Advantages Of High Functioning Autism

Jun 12, 2008
For a long time, doctors and specialists believed that autism was a general condition, but because of special funding researchers have begun to learn a lot about this disorder, including that there are many types of autism, among which is a disorder called high functioning autism.

So, what is high functioning autism? This type of autism means a child only experiences mild forms of the condition. For instance, he may only have small social impairments. People who suffer from high functioning autism are able to communicate, and do other normal functions. Sometimes high function autism can even be diagnosed as Aspergers Syndrome or even at times as Pervasive Developmental Disorder.

Children who suffer from high functioning autism will have only some problems when trying to communicate with others, you may also distinguish the disorder by small movements and kids will want a certain routine and feel lost without it.

When your child is diagnosed with autism it may seem as if the world has come to an end, but there are actually some advantages to high functioning autism, and many of the symptoms can be reversed, or minimized allowing your child to live a normal life. If you notice any of the symptoms, it is extremely important that you get help immediately. A pediatric neurologist and a child psychologist can give you the techniques that you can use to train and treat your child's symptoms.

Don't feel disheartened, there are certain therapy treatments that can bring normalcy back to your child's life. This type of therapy will teach them how to control their motor behavior, interact socially, and teach them how to communicate with others. The therapy may mean a more individualized type of education, and certain behavior analysis. Some specialists may prescribe certain medications to control the child's anxiety and his hyperactivity. This is why its important to look for help from specialists in the field.

The medical field diagnoses a child with high functioning autism when the condition is present but the symptoms are not severe. Most of these children have the same intelligence as others, and in some cases even higher. They have an adequate vocabulary but their learning comprehension is sometimes behind others. People with high functioning autism wont express very much detail and aren't very emotional. The have a hard time interpreting body language and non verbal instruction.

Be careful that your doctor does not confuse high functioning autism with Asperger's Syndrome. Many doctors tend to differ in their definitions and these are not the same condition, although many of the symptoms are similar. These conditions need to be treated differently.

Most physicians have a difficult time in defining high functioning autism. They usually use different methods of testing, and some doctors use IQ tests to determine the level of autism. But IQ tests may not be totally appropriate because there are questions that autistic children have a hard time answering. So other factors are also used like the language that the child uses, and what his behaviour is like. Be sure to find specialists that are very experienced with autistic children, and can therefore do a correct diagnosis.
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