Sensory Processing Disorder vs. Aspergers? How can you differentiate?

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Meri - posted on 01/21/2013

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I want to start by saying I am not an expert. I am also a special education teacher. My son is turning 17 and is diagnosed with Asperger's and definately has sensory issues. My understanding is that folks on the Autism Spectrum, including Aspergers, have sensory issues/sensitivities. I would suggest that you google Aspergers and look at the list of characteristics of Aspergers. See if your child has the attributes that are not sensory. My son is uncomfortable with touch and getting wet. He will change his clothes even if he gets just a little bit of water on them - this is the sensory part. He has other Aspie characteristics too such as having significant difficulty interacting with others in meaningful conversations.
Take care and good luck.
Meri

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