I have been researching Aspergers for a few days; feeling a bit overwhelemed at the moment.  I have been taking care of a 7 year old granddaughter who displays behaviors.  She has frequent meltdowns and seems to fit the spectrum.  But how do I really know?  As I read, I can relate so many characteristics to myself as a child and young adult.  I'm now 65 and still struggle with social activities, extreme sensitivities and a huge need for quiet, down time.  My older brother was deffinately on the spectrum and I am fairly certain that one if not both of my sons are.  Where do I go from here?  How do I discuss the topic with her parents?  How do we get diagnosis?

Did any of your children pick at themselves as infants and very young children?

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