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These “traits” seem to very similar. How would you know the difference?

I’m not sure either. My DD seemed very highly sensitive as a small child but she has kind of grown out of them or at least can cope in less than ideal settings now. However, my DS has not grown out of them and we are now awaiting his first assessment appt with the community paediatrician to see if he has Asperger’s or something. I’m not sure there is exactly a ‘difference’. I gather that many Asperger’s people have a highly sensitive nervous system - that’s a typical trait for them although obviously the converse is not true - having a highly sensitive nervous system does not necessarily mean you have Asperger’s. I think it’s your reaction to your sensitivity which may show the difference, if you see what I mean??

Liz grin x

Druid, boat-dwelling, home educating mum of DD1 (11), Aspie DS (9) and baby DD2 (2), & part-time step-mum to 2 stepdaughters, 9 and 7.

I’m not trying to be rude here (genuinely musing…), but if the traits are mostly the same, and you would respond to them in the same way, does it matter whether you call it “highly sensitive” or “Aspergers”?

Angie

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Angiegw - 12 November 2012 09:56 AM

I’m not trying to be rude here (genuinely musing…), but if the traits are mostly the same, and you would respond to them in the same way, does it matter whether you call it “highly sensitive” or “Aspergers”?

Angie

Not rude at all Angie… I think for me, not sure about Julysea , that I need confirmation that her behavior is for a reason. I feel if I knew one way or the other I’d be more able to help her come to terms with her feelings and her life. To be honest I think it would benefit her more than me to have a “label” so she can feel “normal” again. x x x x

In my experience there is a lot more to Asperger’s (presuming that this is what my DS has, though we are only just starting the diagnosis process) than just high sensitivity. I’m highly sensitive and so is DD1 but we are both very different to DS and there is a lot more to his issues than the very sensitive nervous system - it’s a whole different way of thinking, and the whole difficulty with social imagination and so forth, not just high sensitivity, that’s just 1 element. I’m sure others with Aspies already diagnosed can add to this.

Liz grin x

Druid, boat-dwelling, home educating mum of DD1 (11), Aspie DS (9) and baby DD2 (2), & part-time step-mum to 2 stepdaughters, 9 and 7.

The intention is to have one diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder for all conditions in the scale (including Aspergers which would no longer exist as a diagnosis). It’s not just about being highly sensitive, it’s a combination of difficulties, and whilst you may deal with a highly sensitive child one way, you would have to take into account the other facets of the condition with ASD/Aspergers, which can be different with every person.

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