Asperger Syndrome: Do children with AS get better? What happens when they become adults?
AS is a neurological disorder, meaning it has to do with the wiring in your brain, and there is currently no "cure." However, with early intervention, and strong supports and services throughout school, many of our kids lead positive lives, with jobs, relationships and children.
Patty - posted on 01/22/2009
I just want to let you know my sister had AS she was never cured of it but it did get better. she was able to have a hold down a job but it did have to be a job where she could work by herself. Most people that met her never new anything was different with her. It did take a lot of work from her and my family to get her to be a "normal" person of world. There will be crazy days but just know you can do it (even if you think you can't).
Janice - posted on 01/22/2009
My son who is 7 was diagnosed with AS about 2 years ago. My 3 yr old daughter is also showing alot of signs too and is having the same tests etc that my son had. Both get easily frustrated but are so intelligent its overhwelming sometimes. Ive heard about boys but never girls. Ive found they really take the things you say quite literally, which can be 'interesting'. I'm hoping that as they get older they will be able to support each other which im hoping will make it easier for them to cope. As im in the UK, not sure whats really available help wise.
Good to know im not alone though x
Tara - posted on 01/22/2009
My son has improved dramatically with occupational therapy and speech therapy that he receives at preschool. All the "experts" have told me that the earlier the individuals receive intervention will determine how they do in adulthood. My son is caught up on speech (and ahead academically) but at school they are really focusing on social skills. He will most likely receive extra help in those areas once he enters kindergarten in the fall.
Leslie - posted on 01/22/2009
I have worked with the autistic population for 6 years, from very low functioning to high functioning. Autism never goes away but with the proper intervention and consistency from your whole family your child can still experience great skill development and learn to find ways to cope with the social rules of our society. The best thing you can do for your child is participate in their therapy and advocate, advocate, advocate for them to recieve services.
Margaret - posted on 01/20/2009
if your child is under 10 years try the national autistic soc, earlybirds course . they help from until adulthood including in school. my daughter was sceptical but after doing a course she recommends it to anyone with a child with an autistic spectrum, try to find your local autistic soc,and ask them about it.
User - posted on 01/20/2009
my friend as AS he is 27 years old now. He has a group of friends which are very understanding, but he is 'different'. he has fairly good social skills, which he has had to work at. he works as a volunteer. he is not able to hold down a 'real' job. he lives alone. the only advice i can give is that you must protect them from people who may take advantage of him. he is a brilliant friend and great fun.
Jennifer - posted on 01/20/2009
Unfortunaltely, like the last two ladies said, they won't get better, but being aware of the situation and your child's specific needs is a great way to start making life better!!! There are alot of resources and support networks available now, whether your child is just showing some indications of AS, is in the process of being diagnosed, or has already been diagnosed. Talk to your pedatricians, daycare/school and any therapists or specialists you are seeing and they can help you find groups in your area to help you out, a long with any resources you have at your disposal!!! Alot of communities offer playgroups and support groups for children with AS and autism and their families so you might be able to find one in your area! Other people who have children with AS are a great resource for ideas on how to help your child with any of the issues you may be dealing with, and also ideas on how to help you cope as well! Alot of kids with AS can grow-up and live a 'normal' life, it really depends on the child, the autism spectrum is quite broad, so it really depends on how highly they function. There are most likely adults walking around out there with AS who were never properly diagnosed! The good thing is that AS doesn't usually have regression like other forms of autism, so they don't really get better, but they don't really get worse either (usually).
Keep your chin up and good luck!!! :)
Margaret - posted on 01/20/2009
i'm sorry to say but they do not get better, you can get help from different sources, and they will teach you all different ways to handle your child.
My grandson has AS and was not diognosed til he was 6, but my daughter gets lots of support now. You must be very patientand try to get as much support as you can.
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