Wednesday, December 06, 2006

A special request

If you know anything about signs of Asperger's in 24-month olds, would you please email me?




Anonymous Jenny PP said...

I don't but I'm fascinated by it so when you learn more you have to tell me.

3:49 PM  
Anonymous lola said...

I teach yoga to some children with Aspergers. it has quite a range. What are you observing? Anything like the following: slow processing of your requests, inappropriate outburts, lack or eye contact during interaction or speaking, no opinion on anything...These are easier to see in older kids...I can send you a website or two if you are interested.
aka Canada's friend and neighbour

4:57 PM  
Blogger Abigail said...

Hi Clementine, I work almost exclusively with kids on the spectrum- it's my specialization of sorts. Most of the children I see are at the lower functioning level, and are a bit older than 2-years, but I'll try and help if I can. Please don't take this as expert advise, just what I've gleaned.

The first thing I think of with Aspergers is impaired social functioning. Often, at this high end of the spectrum, that relates to joint attention. For example: when I point to that across the room, do they look? When I look at something across the room and smile or have some response, do they look too?

(I'll switch to "he" since most children on the spectrum are boys.)

Also, does he recognize others' emotions? Does he use and respond to facial gesture, etc. that correspond to emotion? I also tend to find (although this isn't in the diagnosis) that children on the spectrum have a rigidity about their voice. There is a lack of range in their singing- because range of voice corresponds with emotional expression.

A large part of what separates aspergers from autism, from what I understand, is that asp doesn't have a language impairment. (children with autism do)

Another aspect of asp is some sort of stereotyped or repetitive pattern in something.

This page lists the diagnoses...which I'm sure you've looked into already:

Scroll down to "aspergers"

Good luck

7:23 PM  
Blogger Clementine said...

Ooh, Lola and Abigail, thanks for your help. (Thank you, too, Canada--I appreciate your email!)

I'm concerned about my new little boy. My big problem is that he's not a native English speaker and I don't speak his native language, so I'm not sure if some of this is language barrier stuff. I plan to keep a good eye on him for the month of December, then speak with his parents about any concerns in January. I appreciate your help, y'all.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Abigail said...

Good luck. I'll be interested to hear what happens.

I do think that there are plenty of nonverbal cues that you can watch for, so just keep an eye on those things- like I mentioned in my other comment.

2:38 PM  
Anonymous lola said...

You are an awesome caregiver. Hope your parents realize it. Did you know ( I bet you do) that many, many of a child's 'uniquenesses' or issues are found first by teachers, caregivers and friends....You will be doing the parents a great service by keeping your eyes peeled. Early intervention is the best to help this kids:)

9:19 PM  
Blogger Clementine said...

Thanks again, you guys. I appreciate your words of wisdom and your encouragement.

1:41 PM  

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