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Laurie Erickson

When thinking of autism it may help to think of a rainbow. There are many points and colors (and shades of colors) in a rainbow, but they are all part of the same rainbow. This is why, in the medical field, Autism is referred to as a spectrum. The easiest way to think of Aspergers is to think of it as being somewhere on the rainbow, part of the spectrum. A lot of people call Aspergers high functioning Autism. And for most practical purposes, this is true. The misnomer is that a person with Aspergers can have a bad day or a bad week and have behaviors that look very much like a person with more severe Autism. This stress can be due to being over stimulated or overwhelmed, or even under-stimulated; boredom can also be very stressful for people with Autism. This is especially true for those people who are not able to keep themselves adequately occupied.

Something else to keep in mind for anyone on the Autism spectrum, the level of stress or anxiety a person can handle one day is not necessarily an accurate measurement of the stress they can handle on a regular basis. And often times, people with Autism, including Aspergers, have delayed reactions to stress. People with Autism have a hard time knowing how they feel, it may take weeks or even months for an Autistic person to become aware of feelings like sadness or grief. An Autistic child often needs a lot of coaching to learn how to appropriately express happiness or love. Younger children often use hitting or even biting to express happiness when seeing a favorite friend. The feeling of happiness is so overwhelming that the child simply can not help but act impulsively. Impulse control is a real difficulty for all Autistic children. It can also be very challenging to remain patient and understanding as the parent of an Autistic child.

Read in Full:  http://www.examiner.com/autism-parenting-in-portland/aspergers-and-autism-what-s-the-difference



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