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Asperger Syndrome

Are Adults With Asperger’s Syndrome Forgotten?

People with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) navigate the neurotypical world dealing with the same basic challenges they had as children, but there are relatively few practical and local support services available to them.

Accommodations aren’t made for adults. They can have sensory problems in over-stimulating environments, but the few accommodations made in ERs and theaters for children don’t include them.

Accommodations in school may have helped with inflexibility, concrete thinking and difficulty with changes...
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Asperger Syndrome

Asperger and NLD Students : Unmet Learning Challenges?

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Most students with Aspergers Syndrome (AS) and Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD) are bright. They often do well in school, especially on tasks involving facts and logic. However, many AS/NLD students experience learning challenges relative to their intellectual potential, often in language skills. Pragmatic language, the skills of everyday social language (including body language), are often taught in social groups or in Speech and Language sessions.  Other key skills can fly under the radar.
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Aspergers, Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD), and Families

Parents of any child with differences struggle with feeling isolated. One of the challenges for families with Aspergers Syndrome (AS) and nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD or NVLD) children is that these children don’t look different.  They’re bright and verbal; their quirkiness, sensitivities and apparent oppositionalism aren’t easy to understand. As a result, parents often feel blamed for their children’s special challenges.
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Aspergers, NLD, Triggers and Reactivity

Over the next three blogs, I’ll address three areas parents and adults need to understand in practical terms once they have an Aspergers or Nonverbal Learning Disability diagnosis: emotional reactivity, social challenges, and inflexibility. I’m addressing reactivity first, because emotional self-regulation underlies handling all other issues. 
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Can Hospital ERs Be Asperger-Friendly? 10 Tips to Help.

Going into a hospital ER is an overwhelming experience for anyone. It’s particularly difficult for someone with Aspergers, NLD or similar challenges. First, you’re there for a reason and that’s often scary. Second, there’s the sensory bombardment of noises and lights. Being around people who may be upset themselves in close contact challenges anyone. Third, ER’s have administrative procedures and staff that are unfamiliar and therefore challenging.

Some hospitals are taking steps...
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Schools, Discipline And Students With Aspergers / NLD

Kids with Aspergers and similar challenges often face punitive consequences for their behavior in school. They usually do what makes sense to them, which can be seen from the point of view of others as oppositional, disruptive and rule-breaking. Parents and schools must know the law protecting behaviors related to a disability.
An appropriate response requires that the school understand the inappropriate behavior in the context...
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