**If you are new here you might want to know that this post is part of a series on hidden disabilities. I am going to be continuing this series for all of October as part of the 31 Days Challenge. You can see all of the amazing topics over at The Nester’s! To go back to the beginning of this series click on the Alphabet Soup tab and you can see the indexed list of chapters.
ASD = Autism Spectrum Disorder
AS = Asperger’s Syndrome
I am not an expert on Austism and Aspergers. There are far better resources and definitions out there than what I can offer you so I am going to point you in that direction.
This is a medical definition from www.helpguide.org/mental/autism_spectrum.html
“The autism spectrum disorders belong to an “umbrella” category of five childhood-onset conditions known as pervasive developmental disorders (PDD). Some autism specialists use the terms pervasive developmental disorder and autism spectrum disorder interchangeably. However, when most people talk about the autism spectrum disorders, they are referring to the three most common PDDs:
Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS)
Symptoms include impaired social, verbal, emotional and sensory skills. Because autism is a spectrum disorder it includes a wide range of diagnosis, from mild to severe.”
The best compilation of resources for AS and ASD is probably THIS website. Dan Coulter not only has a son with a diagnosis of Aspergers, he also has his own. He is uniquely qualified to speak into and on behalf of the ASD/AS community. There is a wealth of articles and resources on his website, not only for parents but also articles and DVDs to pass on to relatives and teachers and other professionals to help understand the inner workings of ASD/AS.
One of the articles I read suggested that there is a movement afoot to have Aspergers absorbed into the Autism Spectrum Disorder, probably worth checking out if this diagnosis applies to you.