By Christopher Gillberg
Contributors affected with Asperger Syndrome are frequently misunderstood and infrequently misdiagnosed once they observe for support. A consultant to Asperger Syndrome is an available instruction manual for all these touched by means of Asperger syndrome, probably the most universal editions of issues within the so-called autism spectrum. Christopher Gillberg, a world-renowned authority within the box, supplies an in-depth account of indicators, prognosis, incidence, historical past elements, diagnosis, and intervention. This ebook is meant for a large readership, together with these affected, their households, and clinicians operating with little ones, youth and adults with Asperger syndrome.
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The boundaries between autism spectrum disorders and conduct disorder/ODD are, by no means clear. Conduct disorder as a ‘psychiatric’ diagnosis rather than a descriptive term for a particular kind of unacceptable behaviour is also debatable. There is a clear need for more research when it comes to the relationship between autism spectrum disorders and conduct problems both in children/adolescents and adults. ODD is a common associated diagnosis in ADHD (and DAMP). It is very likely that had a diagnosis of ODD been considered in cases with autism spectrum disorders, it would have become clear that ODD behaviours are extremely common in Asperger syndrome and other high-functioning disorders in the autism spectrum.
They scream a lot, are diYcult to comfort, Xuctuate between extremes of hyperactivity and (more rarely) apathy, appear to be ‘in pain’ and may have marked sleep problems. ADHD may be considered in such children, and follow-up will sometimes show them to meet diagnostic criteria both for ADHD and Asperger syndrome (sometimes also for Tourette syndrome). Classic autism symptoms Judging from my own clinical experience, there are some common early symptoms of autism that can sometimes be encountered in children who 26 A Guide to Asperger Syndrome later meet full diagnostic criteria for Asperger syndrome.
This book will mostly refer to the Gillberg criteria. There are very few – if any – conditions that cannot – and do not – exist together with autism spectrum disorders. ADHD/DAMP, tics and Tourette syndrome, OCD/OCPD and conduct disorder/ODD can all cause considerable diVerential diagnostic controversy. The ‘take-home’ message is that Asperger syndrome, high-functioning autism and other autistic-like conditions can, and do, exist alongside any other disorder. 3 Prevalence Population studies The rate at which Asperger syndrome occurs in the general population has only been the subject of a few studies, the majority of which have been concerned with school-age children and performed in the Nordic countries.
A Guide to Asperger Syndrome by Christopher Gillberg