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

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Dr. Judah Lindenberg
20 years experience Neurology
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.
Answered on May 14, 2015
Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
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.
Answered on Jun 3, 2014
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
The answer reminds us that all DSM Dx terms are a work in progress. They reflect efforts to do a better and better job in understanding problems people face. The conditions named may just be useful (or not) aids for treating people.
Jun 3, 2014

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