I have a sister with Asperger's syndrome and a 4 year old son who is going through the diagnostic processes for ASD. Both are very similar really and so since my son was a baby I just assumed they had inherited the disorder genetically. After a recent discussion with my mum I am now unsure as to whether either has ASD at all. Both were extremely oxygen deprived at birth and both experienced many complications from Hypoxia. I can not seem to access any information defining common social, sensory or developmental issues caused by neonatal hypoxia. Is it possible that my loved ones are not actually on the spectrum at all?


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Angie - posted on 01/01/2013




Yes we have seen it, we have seen everything made on the topic, as we have lived with autism my whole life, my sister is 35 years old and the first person in our region diagnosed with it. My mother established what is now known as the integration program in Victoria Australia which saw high functioning individuals with disabilities taken out of institutions and integrated into mainstream life and schools. Knowledge of autism spectrum disorder is not what i lack, i am putting the question to other mum's if they believe developmental and social delays consistent with asperger's diagnosis are apparent in those who suffered hypoxic brain trauma at birth, and if this is so, could some of our family members with an ASD diagnosis actually be misdiagnosed? The out comes would obviously be the same, but it may be another possible diagnosis for many people. There is very little information available on mild prenatal Hypoxic brain injury, and if this could be another explanation for asperger's type symptoms, there may be more we can do to help sufferers or more we can do to prevent it. Thankyou for you response.

Lacye - posted on 12/30/2012




Autism (including Asperger's) is a very complex thing. My daughter was recently diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder and while it is not as severe as full blown autism or Asperger's, it is still on the same spectrum. I found a documentary that was extremely helpful in learning more about the spectrum. It's called Loving Lampposts. I think you should watch it with your mother. Even if a person has Asperger's, that doesn't mean he or she will have all the symptoms.

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