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An Asperger’s Diagnosis Transforms One Couple’s Marriage

David and Kristen Finch discuss the effect that David’s Asperger Syndrome diagnosis had on their family and their marriage. Get more on David Finch at
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Autistic mute discovers he can sing

A ‘mute’ autistic man trapped in a world of silence has stunned the music industry by recording a charity album with a pitch perfect —- SINGING VOICE. Sensational Kyle Coleman, 25, has only ever uttered a few words in his life and has never spoken a full sentence. But he stunned his mum when she discovered that – despite being unable to talk, Kyle has the remarkable vocal chords of a popstar. Kyle is the first non-verbal autism sufferer in the UK to release his own record. His album is available here
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Christopher Duffley is an amazing kid with an AMAZING God! Born premature, blind, and autistic, Christopher was adopted by his parents before they realized God has gifted this young fellow with the gift of music! This recording is from the 2011 “New Hampshire Night of Worship” celebration where over 1300 followers of Christ gathered to sing praises to Jesus Christ! Please visit Christopher’s website at:

Question by : What is the difference between Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome?
The only thing I basically know is from Dear John when he says Asperger’s is living in our world with adaptations but Autism is living in their own world. Could someone explain that because I don’t really understand it.

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Answer by Garrett
Aspergers is just one type of Autism. There is a wide range of people with it, some have more serious symptoms than others.

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An Overview of Aspergers Syndrome

Fifty years ago, most people had never heard of autism spectrum disorder but today the diagnosis is much more common. With the increased diagnosis of autism, the general public has become more aware of its existence. With that has come more recognition of Aspergers syndrome.

Autism is considered to be a spectrum disorder because symptoms can range from debilitating to very high functioning. It is within the higher range of that spectrum that the diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome can be found. High function, however, is not to be confused with “normal” function. There are visible behaviors specific to the Aspergers disorder that can be quite crippling even if they are subtle to untrained observers.

Some patients with this diagnosis can look very normal to an uneducated eye but their behaviors can wreak havoc on their family unit.

The disorder manifests itself with symptoms affecting social interaction, which can look like the outbursts of a spoiled child. When the child has Aspergers in reality such tantrums represent the frustrations of a child unable to understand what is wrong or why he/she is struggling with exchanges between family or friends.

The symptoms of the disorder can be varied but usually include some type of social malfunctioning. Ranging from the inability to read the body language of others to seemingly self-absorbed idiosyncrasies, social interactions are deeply affected when behaviors are off putting and others don’t understand.  Yet, as a result of such interactions, the person with the disorder may be just as confused by the responses he/she receives, as those observing or involved.

Individuals afflicted, who have not had the benefit of intervention, can be emotionally crippled and unable to build or sustain social relationships. Such damage can leave a person unable to fit into the roles society expects. Unable to adapt in a socially acceptable manner can leave one depressed or defiant, with some untreated individuals resorting to drugs and/or crime.

Early intervention is imperative if such damage is to be avoided. Patients can be taught the necessary skills to function within the parameters of “normal.”  The earlier a child gets help the more likely he/she can be successful at fitting in and prospering.

In today’s society family, friends, and the afflicted individual can get help to deal with Aspergers Syndrome. It is no longer a sentence for maladjustment and ridicule. The key is to get educated about the disorder and to learn strategies that will bring peace to everyone involved.


How to Recognize the Early Signs of Autism

Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from Stabbey and more videos in the Children With Special Needs category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at Early intervention is important for children with autism, a developmental disorder that inhibits socialization. So be on the lookout for warning signs. To complete this How-To you will need: Knowledge of developmental milestones Careful attention to your baby’s behavior A hearing test for your child Warning: Do not assume that if your baby exhibits behaviors associated with autism, they necessarily have the disorder. Observe them carefully and bring any concerns to a doctor. Step 1: Pay attention to babbling Pay attention to when your baby begins to babble. They should start at around five months old. Step 2: Monitor eye contact Begin monitoring eye contact at around six to nine months, when infants generally start smiling in response to their parents’ grins. Babies with autism tend to avoid looking at their parents. Step 3: Try some games If your baby makes a sound, make one back and see if they reciprocate. Babies with autism usually do not take part in this verbal turn taking, nor do they participate in peek-a-boo. Step 4: Try to get their attention Note whether your baby responds to their name: They should begin to

Question by Dustin S: How do i start a fundraiser to support Autism?
My sister is very interested in supporting Autism through the internet. How would she come to do this?

She would like to do it through facebook. Is there a way to start your own Autism website?


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Russell Barkley explains ADHD / forklarer ADHD

This is a collection of clips, with subtitles in Norwegian, where Russell Barkley speaks about the motivation, emotion, behavior, hyperactivity, attention, accountability and focus aspects of ADD/ADHD. Barkley recounts the latest research in the field, and this video can be a good tool for explaining the disorder to parents, teachers and even physicians and therapists. Misinformation about this disorder is extremely widespread, even in the medical community, and ADD/ADHD sufferers are often misdiagnosed with other disorders, such as personality disorder or depression. If you’re convinced that you’re suffering from ADHD, take this screening test: Be completely honest. Give the questions some careful thought. Don’t check the “Often” or “Very Often” boxes unless you’re confident that you are experiencing these issues more frequently than what’s usual among your friends, family, coworkers or classmates. Do not use take test unless you are a legal adult (different diagnostic criteria apply for children and teenagers), and remember that it is only a screening test. If you test positive, get referred to a professional, but realize that regular therapists or psychiatrists won’t do in many cases, since their knowledge is often outdated by decades, and they still see the disorder as an inattention and hyperactivity problem. Just seek out a specialist immediately if possible. Otherwise, prepare to argue with numerous uninformed therapists, who in turn will
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Getting Paid To Pay Attention
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Question by Cookie: What is the difference between lack of concentration caused by ADHD and Depression?
I have lack of concentration and memory and I think is due to my depression. However I do not know if I have ADHD. What is the difference between the lack of concentration caused by ADHD and the one caused by Depression. Are they treated with different meds?

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Answer by Cookie Monster!
my brother had ADHD and never pays attention lol
depression is usually caused by something like ur life style who ur with and stuff like tht
ADHD usually, is hereditary and sometimes u get angry or hyper or something
depression is usually panic attacks and u dont pay attention cause ur anxious or really worried about something

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What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Article by Brad Piontkowski

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders version 4 (DSM-IV) put out by the American Psychiatric Association in 1994, the official name is “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,” (or AD/HD ADHD), although many people, and even some professionals, still incorrectly call it ADD or A.D.D. (The name given in 1980 but abandoned in 1994.) The disorder’s name has changed as a result of scientific advances and the findings of careful field trials; researchers now have strong evidence to support the position that AD/HD is not one specific disorder, but one with different variations. In keeping with this evidence, AD/HD is now divided into three subtypes, according to the main features associated with the disorder: inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. The three subtypes are:

AD/HD [or ADHD] Predominantly Combined Type, AD/HD [or ADHD] Predominantly Inattentive Type, AD/HD [or ADHD] Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type.

These subtypes take into account that some people with AD/HD have little or no trouble sitting still or inhibiting behavior, but may be predominantly inattentive and, as a result, have great difficulty getting or staying focused on a task or activity. Others with AD/HD may be able to pay attention to a task but lose focus because they may be predominantly hyperactive-impulsive and, thus, have trouble controlling impulse and activity. The most prevalent subtype is the Combined Type. These people will have significant symptoms of all three characteristics.

Other Common ADHD Issues That Most People Don’t Know About

The above text is part of the medical diagnostic jargon and what most people think about when they think about ADHD. It’s also what most doctors think about too. But unfortunately the “attention” part of ADHD is usually not the only issue.

These are some of the other possible and less-well-known ADHD symptoms/behaviors. They can also be symptoms of other things too. So they don’t necessarily in and of themselves “diagnose” ADHD, but they can be part of the picture.

Some of these issues are also incorrectly diagnosed as things such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, or something else, when ADHD is in fact the core issue. It takes a really good doctor to help “tease out” what is and what isn’t. Insomnia or other sleep issues Emotional instability Irritability Drug/alcohol abuse Fast/reckless driving Risky sexual behavior Risky physical behavior – adrenaline junkies, taking “extreme sports” to the extreme Picking fights, causing argument Workaholism Over-active mind, racing mind Persistent relationship problems Make a lot of “careless” mistakes Often loses things (wallet, keys, purse, schoolwork. etc.) Often late Forgets to pay bills or turn in assignments Piles of junk, cluttered office, house, desk. etc. Bad memory Mood swings Doing things without the consequences Impulse buyingAnd on and on .We’ll talk about more things later. But the point is to let you know that ADHD is much more encompassing than just “not being able to pay attention”

Is There A Cure For ADHD?

Well, if you mean “cure” as in take one pill and it’s gone forever, then no, there is no cure.

I’ve heard some people try to spin this in a bad way, trying to imply that if ADHD treatment doesn’t work forever and result in an instant and permanent cure, then by definition, ADHD medications and treatment don’t work at all. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a simple-minded attempt at an “argument” against proper ADHD treatment. It doesn’t stand up in the real world though.

But the same thing is true with many issues we face. If you have a headache, take an asprin and the headache goes away, but then a week later you get another headache. Are you going to rant and complain that the asprin doesn’t work? I hope not because that would be unrealistic.

It’s the same way with the common ADHD treatments and medications. They’re short acting, usually between 4-12 hours. While they’re in your system, they work at controlling the ADHD symptoms. But when they wear off the ADHD symptoms return.

That’s the way it is with many disorders. Diabetics don’t just take one shot of insulin in their life. They have to treat it daily. And so it is with ADHD.

ADHD is not like an infection or the flu. You don’t just treat it once and it’s gone. It’s a condition that is ongoing, and as such, requires ongoing treatment.

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