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PSY410 (Week 4 Summary) I have a cousin that has been diagnosed with Asperger’s disorder (AD) and I pulled my son out of school this year because the district wanted to test him for ADHD. We have studied in several of our classes how a diagnosis can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. I didn’t want that to happen to my son. Anyway, I learned quite a bit about AD this week. I was fascinated to learn that the monozygocity of DSM-IV Asperger’s disorder is at 99.99% in male identical twins; however, comorbidity varied greatly—with the elder exhibiting signs of major depressive disorder and absence seizures in the younger. “The dysfunction in autism seems primarily lodged in the left brain, whereas AD is mainly a right brain dysfunction” (Chapman, Meyer & Weaver, 2009, p. 276). Up until this point I had thought that AD was mostly a sociocultural or learned disorder, rather than a disorder with clear biological/genetic roots. Furthermore, my son and my cousin are very smart; in
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Unformatted text preview: fact, smarter than the other children in our family were at their age. Nevertheless, they still lack social and emotional skills that are just common sense to other kids. Hansell and Damour put it this way, “Asperger’s disorder differs from autism in that people with Asperger’s disorder have unimpaired and often superior language and cognitive skills” (p. 517). They do lack social skills though, which puts them at a disadvantage in the public school environment. The DSM-IV-TR notes that AD is, “marked by impairment in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expressions, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction” (BehaveNet clinical capsule, 1996-2010, n.p.). My cousin attends a Montessori school and my son is home schooled. It works well for them, but at some point they are going to have to enter the public school system. My aunt and I are worried about that day....
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