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Asperger Syndrome and Autism

These are spectrum disorders, which means that each person affected by these will have difficulties in social interaction, forming relationships and seeing and interacting with the world in the ‘usual’ way. The degree of any combination of these difficulties varies greatly, from barely perceptible to profound.

These are usually diagnosed in childhood and these children may show signs of interpersonal relationship difficulties, or problems with expression or difficulties making friends at school or doing well academically. However, there is no cognitive deficit in Asperger Syndrome, they commonly have the usual levels of intelligence. Some of the problems with Autism may only be diagnosed in people when they are adults.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Easily being distracted all the time and not being able to complete tasks
  • Impulsivity, and doing things without thinking
  • Difficulty in concentrating for extended periods of time.
  • Finding company and tasks boring.
  • Finding it hard to listen to other people.
  • Difficulty in following instructions.
  • These sometimes can be misinterpreted as a ‘naughty’ or ‘lazy’ or disruptive’ child in class or at home.

Certain things may help:

  • Make lists, keep diaries, stick up reminders, and set aside some time to plan what you need to do.
  • Find ways of letting off steam, like exercise.
  • Find ways of relaxing – perhaps music or relaxation techniques.
  • Be realistic about your goals.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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Anxiety and Behavioural Issues

Anxiety in children can show itself in a variety of ways. Children may seem anxious and withdrawn, however it may show in things such as poor school performance, poor relationships with family and friends. Physical symptoms, such as ‘tummy ache’ amongst others may be related to anxiety.

Behavioural Problems in children can take a variety of forms. These can be problems such as anger, aggression both verbal and physical. Things such as refusing to go to school or vindictive and abusive behaviour such as in Oppositional Defiant Disorder are amongst these issues, amongst others.

These behavioural problems are usually very upsetting to the family of the child, other siblings and these difficulties will have been noted by the school and social services may be involved in some cases.
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Anxiety and Behavioural Issues

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