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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is asperger syndrome the same thing as autism?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes and No: Aspergers is now part of what is called the autistic spectrum, a range of conditions sharing characteristics of autism, but with different levels of severity.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Not really: Asperger's patients are higher functioning, with more developed language functions, more of a "savant" type person. Their problems are more in social awkwardness, mood, and obsessive compulsive thinking than in language deficiency. Both autism and asperger's syndrome are included in pervasive developmental disorders classification.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Core deficits in : Theory of mind, facial recognition, social reciprocity & social communication underlie both. Autistic spectrum disorder is the dsm-v diagnosis for autism, Asperger syndrome (as) & pdd-nos. The neurodevelopmental profile differs. Though any can have an iq >70, those with as have fairly intact language, except for pragmatics & prosody, while those with autism have higher non-verbal abilities.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Are asperger's syndrome and high functioning autism the same thing?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
YES IT IS HIGH FUNCT: Yes Asperger syndrome is a high functioning type of autism.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have autism / asperger's syndrome?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Read Temple Grandin: Excellent books are available. Read thinking in pictures and the way i see it. Also read the curious incident of the dog in the night time. More intense would be oliver sacks an anthropologist on mars.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
All great books!
Oct 18, 2012
A 32-year-old member asked:

Is asperger's syndrome a type of autism?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
YES IT IS A TYPE : Yes Asperger syndrome is a type of high function autism.
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Aspergers is probably going to fade away as a discrete diagnosis. It is being lumped into the category now more commonly known as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Aug 3, 2012
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the differences between autism and asperger's syndrome?

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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics 54 years experience
SAME: Autism is the same as Asperger symdrome, which is the most common type of autism.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between autism and asperger's syndrome?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Symptom presentation: This distinction, introduced in the early 1990's, arose because some individuals had major delays in social interactions and language, along with odd behaviors (autism), while others had good language but problems with the other two areas (asperger's). Subsequent research has shown that, controling for intelligence, the main difference is language--a circular process. It may be going away soon.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Read anything by Tony Attwood, PhD. He says the "kids with Asperger's are the talkers." Kids with HFA are certainly "doers."
Oct 18, 2012
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Read anything by Tony Attwood, PhD. He says the "kids with Asperger's are the talkers." Kids with HFA are certainly "doers."
Oct 18, 2012

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