Something is the matter with my child: The ‘Spectrum’ aspect of Autism.

POSTED: 08/5/14 11:57 PM

By Myriam Haar – Why is it called “Spectrum”? The updated 2013 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual on Mental Health Disorders (5th edition or DSM-5), the universal authority for psychiatric diagnosis in the United States classifies Autism Spectrum Disorder as a neurodevelopmental disorder and incorporates Asperger’s Syndrome Disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS). Related conditions to Autism are: ADD/ADHD*, Anxiety Disorder, Fragile X Syndrome, Epilepsy, Savant Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Developmental Coordination Disorder, and Multiple Complex Developmental Disorders.

So much for the official explanation which might leave quite some parents in the dark particularly if their child is diagnosed with PDD-NOS, what to think about that?

But Autism itself often encompasses other disorders such as: OCD*, GAPS*, schizophrenia, Tourette* syndrome, Down syndrome, tuberous sclerosis, and others.

In short: Autism Spectrum Disorder often presents a combination of various ‘disorders’. People on the spectrum will also be classified as being on the high functioning or low functioning end of the spectrum, meaning that some autistic people are highly intelligent, up to what we consider savant and those on the lower end score low on the intelligence scale.

Is it a “Disorder”? Psychiatrists certainly call it so, and most experts in the field will tell you that it is and I believe they’ve managed to convince a majority of people that it is. At least this is the way society looks at the phenomenon. But not everyone looks at it as a ‘disorder’; I’m part of a new thinking originating in the US that views Autism as a Difference instead. People on the Autism Spectrum ARE different, but it is those differences that make them such an incredible source of information once we are willing to hear what they have to say to us. And they have plenty to tell us if we are willing to take the time to get on their frequency and listen to their messages.

Next week we’ll explore what this new thinking is as well as some aspects of Autism very few people speak about.

* ADD/ADHD: Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder

* OCD = Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

*GAPS : commonly known as the leaky gut syndrome.

* Tourette syndrome: disorder characterized by multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal tic.


Myriam Haar is an awareness/personal development coach, a certified Neuro Linguistic Programming practitioner and she gives emotional coaching in two different schools to young children and adolescents facing various challenges. For more info contact: or call 553 1192 or 0690 776993.






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