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Speech Issues/Aspergers

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kevlarbrassiere Fri 05-Aug-11 14:04:48

I am just wondering about my 3 year old who is beginning to go through assessment for possible asd issues.

We've had a couple of meetings/interviews with various members of the assessment team, and a query has stayed with me.

One of the people we saw said that as my ds has difficulties with speech and language, they would be ruling out aspergers (as she said, a diagnosis of aspergers can't be made if there are slt issues).

Anyone has any ideas? I feel that he has some asperger traits, but am very confused at the mo.

tabulahrasa Fri 05-Aug-11 14:46:05

My DS has a speech disorder and a diagnosis of Asperger's...but it depends what sort of speech and language difficulties are present.

Usually if there's a speech delay you'd be looking at a diagnosis of high functioning autism rather than asperger's, there's no massive difference in the support he'd get or the traits neccessarily - you just get a slightly different diagnostic label becasue it's affected his speech.

The difference between Asperger's and HFA

IndigoBell Fri 05-Aug-11 14:51:18

Yes, the only difference between high functioning autism and aspergers is speech difficulties. So they are still investigating ASD - just not Aspergers.

coff33pot Fri 05-Aug-11 15:18:15

My DS is under assessment for Aspergers. He was verbal from 9 months and walking at 11months. However they have suggested SALT as its the way he talks that he needs help with. He asks questions far too indepth and around the houses as we would say instead of just coming out with a simple question.

ie. "do you have trumpets here, I dont mean actually here because I cant see any here but do you have trumpets in another part of a room somewhere else?"

or asking a child if he would like to play...."do you have toys in your room, can you go and check and if you do can you ring all the numbers in the street and then you will find my number and you can bring your toys to my house and play."

Basically he has difficulty in that he has to explain too much because his head is thinking ahead of itself with logical conclusions as to why he cant see a trumpet and how is the boy going to find me.

LeninGrad Fri 05-Aug-11 15:21:41

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Jodianna Fri 05-Aug-11 17:12:54

DS Two used to do that. He's almost 17 now, and whilst still a little over elaborate, has learnt that it's not always appropriate. Awaiting his GCSE results now, predicted A*

Marne Fri 05-Aug-11 21:02:25

Hi, i have 2 daughters on the Autistic spectrum, dd1 has Aspergers and dd2 has HFA, the difference between them are the speach and language, dd1 spoke early and her speach and language skills were tested, she scored at the age of an 11 year old (she was 4 when tested), dd2 has severe languge delay and was scored at the level of a 18 month old (at the age of 4). Many of the other traits are the safe for AS and HFA, TBH dd1 is harder work than dd2 even though dd2 is more severe.

Coff33- your ds sounds very similar to my dd1 smile.

coff33pot Fri 05-Aug-11 23:11:20

@ Marne Dont you just have the LONGEST conversations......grin

tabulahrasa Sat 06-Aug-11 03:37:55

I have conversations that go on for days, literally - as well as the over explaining things that didn't need explaining, but not explaining at all things that would actually make it make more sense ( then even more elaboration in the bit that didn't need it when I tell him I don't know what he's on about)

I'll have to ask what we're talking about - to find out he's continuing a conversation we had the day before, randomly at 4 in the afternoon with no lead into it, he just carries on from something he found interesting at sone point, lol.

And of course there's the starting a new conversation in the middle and having to work your way backward to find out what it's about.

It keeps me on my toes though I suppose, lol

LeninGrad Sat 06-Aug-11 08:03:28

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Marne Sat 06-Aug-11 09:02:57

Dd1 can talk for england (goes on and on in great detail) TBH dh is even worse (sure he has AS), when he tells me a simple story it goes on for ever and he goes into detail abount the colour of peoples hair " so and so came into work today, you know, the man who has black frizzy hair and always wear cord trousers and a big baggy t-shirt with such and such wrote on it......" by then i have lost the plot and just have to nod and say 'yes dear' smile.

coff33pot Sat 06-Aug-11 12:17:23

I actually do that myself too so much that when DH comes home from work and I am talking about something he has actually fallen asleep sitting up looking at me blush

Jodianna Sat 06-Aug-11 12:23:12

lol, I love the starting the conversation in the middle bit, it's like a detective novel. I have four that do it. Oh, and DH can carry on a conversation from the night before, upon waking. Well, I imagine he still can, the threat of divorce if he continued conversations before the second cup of coffee seems to have eradicated that for now! ;)

tabulahrasa Sat 06-Aug-11 12:36:41

I find it quite endearing really, confusing sometimes, lol

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