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Old Oct 6th, 2010, 14:02 PM   1
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Causes of Aspergers & Dyspraxia?


I've got both, and they've caused me great difficulty in my time.

I was just sat in the bath and I was thinking about OH taking the mick out of one of my baby photos (I had a pointy head and a lazy eye, they put the forceps on my head wrong during delivery) and I suddenly came up with an idea.

Maybe the dyspraxia was caused by the forceps putting pressure on my head incorrectly and causing damage to my cerebellum? (The little bit at the back of your brain responsible for motor memory ect) I then thought that by this principle, Aspergers could be caused by damage to different parts of the brain too.

I just wanted to ask, to see if this had any basis, if Aspie or Dyspraxia babies Mum's had had forceps, or anything that may have caused a little bit of trauma to the brain during delivery?

I do realise this might be a sensitive question to ask, but I'm hoping nobody will be offended! Please don't read and run!



 
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Old Oct 6th, 2010, 18:10 PM   2
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From what i know Asperger's isn't caused by birth trauma of any kind, There are lots of different opinions on what causes it but as of yet they cannot pin point a cause.

I don't know anything about dyspraxia but i'm sure there are lots of things you can find out on the internet (although it's not all helpful)

My little girl was recently diagnosed with Asperger's, she had a very normal delivery no intervention of any kind so i'm sure that wasn't the cause of her's. She is a true blessing and i know she will lead a relatively normal life despite the difficulties she may face in the future.

I don't like to get stuck on what may have caused it, after all theres nothing i can do about it now and she has so many positive attributes it's just not helpful to me. I prefer to look for the positives and remind myself that a person is so much more than a label. It's easier to find ways to adapt and learn to deal with the challanges of Asperger's than to waste time wondering why it is that way.

I'm sure you are a fantastic person with lots of great qualities, by all means find out as much information as you can about your condition but please don't forget all of the good things about yourself, everything that your family and OH love about you. Your difficulties make you who you are!

hope this helps a little xx



 
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Old Oct 7th, 2010, 10:31 AM   3
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Thankyou hun!
That does help



 
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Old Oct 7th, 2010, 10:34 AM   4
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My son with aspergers never even made it to the birth canal and was a c section. I had polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid) and I also had my contractions started with a lot of pitocin. There seems to be some genetic component to it since couples with one child on the spectrum have about a 20% chance to have another. I wish I did know what causes it, just because I am a curious person. I do however see a great deal of myself in my son though I have never been diagnosed, so the genetic idea does make sense to me. The cause of the great numbers now being diagnosed? I have no idea. Maybe there are people predisposed to the condition and then adding chemical or hormonal components causes it to activate? No clue.

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Old Oct 7th, 2010, 12:26 PM   5
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What they found is thatr it is mostly geneticm, and what they found too is that traits can apparently add up too, through out the generations.



 
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Old Oct 7th, 2010, 15:20 PM   6
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That's interesting - thanks girls!



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2010, 10:36 AM   7
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Having many individuals in my family who have been diagnosed as having a autism spectrum disorder and believing that I myself could also very well be classified as having aspergers and dyspraxia if I were to ever be assessed I have looked into this subject quite alot.

The strongest factor identified in relation to disorders in the autism spectrum is genetics... but there have also been associations linking austism/aspergers to things including thimerosal in vaccines, frequent ultrasound exposure in utero, food allergens and exposure, certain viral exposures. It's also been associated with advanced parental age (of both the mother or father), diabetes (including gestational), teratogen exposure in pregnancy (especially to alcohol and pesticides), low birth weight, oxygen deprivation in utero and prematurity increases the risk. And I also recall one study specific to prematurity which mentioned that if the baby suffered any brain hemorrhage postpartum they were at an increased risk (BUT I would imagine it would also make sense that head trauma (from forceps, etc) in a baby at term could also increse the risk????). Then there's the breastmilk/formula debate......

So there's alot of theories and associations out there... many more than I even posted... but it's my opinion that it's probably a combination of those above factors with genetics that has the strongest influences as to whether or not a child with develop an ASD and to what degree they will have it at....

And then sometimes I think that needing or wanting to conform to what the rest of society considers to be "normal" behaviour is a bit over-rated.... but perhaps that's just my own aspergers speaking....



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2010, 11:00 AM   8
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My son has high functioning autism. I had a perfect pregnancy and a natural delivery with no aids or drugs. I think in this case my sons ASD is purely spontaneous or genetic x



 
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Old Oct 9th, 2010, 11:26 AM   9
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Having many individuals in my family who have been diagnosed as having a autism spectrum disorder and believing that I myself could also very well be classified as having aspergers and dyspraxia if I were to ever be assessed I have looked into this subject quite alot.

The strongest factor identified in relation to disorders in the autism spectrum is genetics... but there have also been associations linking austism/aspergers to things including thimerosal in vaccines, frequent ultrasound exposure in utero, food allergens and exposure, certain viral exposures. It's also been associated with advanced parental age (of both the mother or father), diabetes (including gestational), teratogen exposure in pregnancy (especially to alcohol and pesticides), low birth weight, oxygen deprivation in utero and prematurity increases the risk. And I also recall one study specific to prematurity which mentioned that if the baby suffered any brain hemorrhage postpartum they were at an increased risk (BUT I would imagine it would also make sense that head trauma (from forceps, etc) in a baby at term could also increse the risk????). Then there's the breastmilk/formula debate......

So there's alot of theories and associations out there... many more than I even posted... but it's my opinion that it's probably a combination of those above factors with genetics that has the strongest influences as to whether or not a child with develop an ASD and to what degree they will have it at....

And then sometimes I think that needing or wanting to conform to what the rest of society considers to be "normal" behaviour is a bit over-rated.... but perhaps that's just my own aspergers speaking....
That brain hemhorrage bit is interesting, as I wasn't exposed to too much ultrasound technology, none of my family have any ASD conditionss, I was breast-fed.. But I did have all my vaccines and a little head-trauma. Hmmm!

Thanks for all the replies girls, that's been very helpfu;!



 
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Old Oct 10th, 2010, 13:18 PM   10
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I love my Indigo boy. It is interesting to know why they are like this but I doubt in my lifetime I will get a solid answer. He is just special to me x



 
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