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    What does 'highly strung with Aspergers traits' mean?

    Hi I have started taking my daughter 8 yrs old to a psychologist because I suspect she has aspergers the psych has told me she is very highly strung with some aspergers traits. she says she won't help with a diagnosis as she doesn't believe in them… What does highly strung with aspergers traits even mean?
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    Servicing Children, Adolescents, Families and Adults About Christy Potter Christy is a Psychologist, registered with the Psychology Board of Australia and a Member of the … View Profile

    I can only guess what the psychologist meant by “highly strung and asperger traits”. I am happy to share my opinion. However, I encourage you to ask the psychologist to explain what s/he means. Many psychologists are hesitant to give diagnosis' to children due to lack of clinical experience or a fear of mis-labelling a child. Labels stick and sometimes change or improvement can occur regardless of the label.

    “Highly Strung” usually refers to a temperamental trait. Such people are sensitive, reactive and high in energy. Temperament plays a huge part in how children interact with the world. We are all born with different ways of interacting with the world and these instinctive reactions can sometimes get us into trouble - by Adulthood we learn to control inappropriate instincts, however children do not have that ability.

    “Asperger traits” suggests that your daughter maybe having difficulties with one or more of the Autistic triad of impairments. Autism Spectrum Disorders are characterised by difficulties in the areas of Language/Communication development, Relationship ability and Emotional regulation, and repetitive behaviours and/or restricted interests. Some children also suffer with sensory processing difficulties, though this is common amongst all children.  

    Regardless of the label, treating your daughter's difficulties depends on defining what the solution would look like. She may need to learn some skills to improve her behaviour or you may benefit in re-examining your style of raising her.  Every child and family is an different and a treatment program will need to be tailored accordingly for it to be successful.   

    Hope this helps.

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