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Categories of impact

ASD impact areas

  • vulnerability/likelihood of the experience occurring
  • how it was perceived (both physically and mentally) at the time
  • nature of and actions of abuse (e.g. withholding medications, using traits such as hypo/hyper-sensory issues against the person, etc)
  • how others reacted to any reference made to it
  • how the person was affected by it afterward
  • if medical/legal help was attempted
  • medical/legal response to person as well as overall experience in those systems
  • PTSD likelihood, interactions between trauma and comorbid disorders/common tendencies
  • recovery process (support system, services available, ability to obtain etc)

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DSM Criteria for Asperger’s Disorder

[The following is from Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM IV]

(I) Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:

    (A) marked impairments in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body posture, and gestures to regulate social interaction
    (B) failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level
    (C) a lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interest or achievements with other people, (e.g.. by a lack of showing, bringing, or pointing out objects of interest to other people)
    (D) lack of social or emotional reciprocity

(II) Restricted repetitive & stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:

    (A) encompassing preoccupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus
    (B) apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals
    (C) stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g. hand or finger flapping or twisting, or complex whole-body movements)
    (D) persistent preoccupation with parts of objects

(III) The disturbance causes clinically significant impairments in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
(IV) There is no clinically significant general delay in language (E.G. single words used by age 2 years, communicative phrases used by age 3 years)
(V) There is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self help skills, adaptive behavior (other than in social interaction) and curiosity about the environment in childhood.
(VI) Criteria are not met for another specific Pervasive Developmental Disorder or Schizophrenia.”

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The Issues

Just to reiterate some of my goals for this blog:

I would like to learn about what exists now as well as help improve for the future the following:

  • Sexual education for people on the spectrum
  • Prevention of these types of things from happening to people on the spectrum (at least prevention to a level closer to the general population)
  • Tools for people who find themselves in those situations that are directly tailored for their needs
  • Education and information for medical professionals and others who have contact with people on the spectrum to better understand the unique needs of the population


I have to organize and rewrite the notes I have but that is a slow process. I apologize for the delay. Feel free to comment!

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