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I need to know what is aspergers and how it is related to autism?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
Aspergers is a mild: Form of autism. Autism is a disorder that interferes with a person's ability to communicate or relate to others whichs starts early in childhood. When people speak about the autistic spectrum they are speaking about a range of degrees from mild to severe autism.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Because the same : core deficits - diminished or absent joint attention, facial recognition & Theory Of Mind - exist in all types of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, the diagnoses of Asperger Syndrome & PDD-NOS were subsumed into ASD in the DSM-V. The level of ASD is defined by the type & degree of supports needed for a person with ASD to function optimally, 1 being the lowest level of need & 3 being the highest.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

I need to know what is the difference between autism and aspergers?

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Dr. Judah Lindenberg
Neurology 21 years experience
Smart question: They are related to each other. One way of thinking of aspberger's syndrome is as a milder form of autism with a greater chance of being able to live independently.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have autism or mild aspergers?

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Dr. John O'Malley
Child Psychiatry 54 years experience
Best Answer: I would not rely on reading a list of symptoms in a book or online. Instead you need to a medical professional who can do a diagnostic interview and recommend psychological testing to make a clear diagnosis. Many of the symptoms you may read are present in other disorders and have to be sorted carefully.
A 44-year-old member asked:

How do I know about being tested for autism or aspergers?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Depends on age: Testing for these disorders involves a combinatio of questions to parents and teachers plus some direct psychological assessment of the child or adult. There are no established laboratory tests for making the diagnosis. Some of the questions are easy to misunderstand or overinterpret, so it it important to work with someone with experience in diagnosing autism.
Dr. Allen Lewis
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A-DOS and PDDBI are two of the most common standardized tests for autism. The most important requirement is to work with someone experienced with making the diagnosis.
Jan 27, 2013
A 47-year-old member asked:

How to know what is aspergers and what is autism?

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Dr. James Courey
Specializes in Prosthodontics
Aspergers is an ASD: Asperger syndrome is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) considered to be on the “high functioning” end of the spectrum. Affected children and adults have difficulty with social interactions and exhibit a restricted range of interests and/or repetitive behaviors. Motor development may be delayed, leading to clumsiness or uncoordinated motor movements. .....More.
Dr. James Courey
Specializes in Prosthodontics
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So-called “high functioning autism” and Asperger syndrome share similar challenges and benefit from similar treatment approaches.
Jun 3, 2013

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