Most children with Asperger’s Disorder have additional problems beyond Asperger’s Disorder. Many have a second disorder, or at a minimum they have additional symptoms that are significant enough that they will require evaluation and treatment from multiple specialists. Because Asperger’s Disorder has symptoms in the areas of emotions, socialization, thinking, behavior, and communication, a team approach to evaluating your child is essential.
Typically, one category of symptoms stands out above the rest, prompting parents to seek evaluation from a specialist, but once diagnosed, they look no further. It is hard enough to accept that your child has one disorder, let alone considering that the problem you just got diagnosed is really just one indication of a more serious disorder or just one of several disorders your child has. It is also daunting to think of the cost of evaluations and testing by multiple specialists.
Yet without overcoming the emotional and financial obstacles to a thorough assessment of your child, you are beginning a journey with only a partial road map. Both parents and professionals must be aware that most psychological disorders in children rarely exist in isolation. Without an intellectual, psychological, language, social, and behavioral assessment, not only can other symptoms be overlooked, but additional disorders can be missed.