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Wednesday, 27 September, 2017

Could My Child Have Asperger’s? Two Experts Share How They Missed The Signs In Their Children – HuffPost UK

Parents are being cautioned that they may be the last people to pick up on cues their child has Asperger’s, after two experts in the field revealed they failed to spot that their own children have the syndrome.

Professor Tony Attwood is a clinical psychologist widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on the developmental disability and yet it took him 35 years to realise his son Will had the syndrome.

And he isn’t the only one, Elaine Nicholson, CEO of UK charity Action for Asperger’s, didn’t discern her child had the syndrome until his school picked up on his “quirkiness” and sent them to a psychiatrist.

“Despite recognising Asperger’s syndrome in one of my stepchildren, I did not see it in my own son, born seven years after my stepchild,” Nicholson told HuffPost UK.

“Why? Because each child presented with different issues.”

Asperger or Asperger’s syndrome is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.

It is part of the autism spectrum and is sometimes also known as ‘high functioning autism’. In the UK it’s now more common to receive a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) than Asperger’s.

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/could-my-child-have-aspergers_uk_59c8e451e4b01cc57ff36afb

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