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Aspergers syndrome is called a “high functioning” type of autism spectrum disorder. It is no longer recognised as a disorder on its own, but rather as part of a broader category known as Autism Spectrum Disorder. The symptoms of an individual with aspergers are much less severe than in someone diagnosed with ASD. When you […]

Autism in Children

Autism is a growing population in today’s society. More and more parents are facing the diagnosis of Autism than ever before and it is easy to believe that they are feeling overwhelmed. There are more therapies and interventions catering to Autism now than in the past and parents can often feel overloaded with information when […]

Autism doctors in South Africa

Autism doctors in South Africa: Firstly, when it comes to diagnosing a child on the Autism spectrum it would have to be through a trained health professional for example, psychiatrist, neurologist or child psychologist. Their diagnosis will be based on the DSM-5 diagnosis for Autism. An applied behavioural analysis instructor will not be able to […]


6 Things you should know about Autism and Teenage years in South Africa

1. DO HORMONAL CHANGES STILL OCCUR? Autistic teenagers experience the same hormonal and bodily changes, growing interest in relationships and frustrations of regular adolescence as neurotypical teenagers do, however they may lack the ability to communicate such concerns. Factor in a difficulty relating to others on an emotional and social level and this makes such […]


Asperger syndrome

Asperger syndrome no longer exists as a diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used to diagnose what is now known as Autism Spectrum Disorder. The term Asperger syndrome is still used by the autism community to describe a set of symptoms that present as impaired social interaction skills, while communication skills […]

Low muscle tone and how it affects children with autism

Explaining low muscle tone: Low muscle tone, also referred to as, hypotonia, is characterised by ‘loose’ or ‘floppy’ muscles. The muscles are not as firm or tight as developmentally expected. Children with low muscle tone normally have delayed motor skills, difficulty with motor coordination and weakness in the muscles to name a few. Low muscle […]