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what is the difference between autism itself and autism spectrum?

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Dr. Terri Graham
30 years experience Pediatrics
Autism: ASD or autism spectrum disorder is a continum of diagnoses. An easy way to think of it is to imagine a number between 1-100. The severity of symptoms makes the diagnosis on a scale of 1-100. Aspergers is an asd, but so is autism. Intervention is based on what services are needed.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
The rationale for " lumping" all spectrum disorders into " Autistic Disorder" is to get funding & services for all. We'll see if it works
Jan 28, 2013
Dr. Lisa Rankin
24 years experience ADHD and Autism
Quite a bit: Traditionally autism was used to referred to patients with severe deficits in communication and social interactions which often kept them in their own world and without meaningful verbal language. Now we recognize there is a spectrum of patients which includes the classic autistic patients but also a variety of patients who have less dramatic difficulties but still enough to impact functioning.
Answered on Jan 28, 2013
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
The idea behind the DSM-V's sole diagnosis " Autistic Disorder" is so that schools, insurances, etc.,recognize the need to help all.
Jan 28, 2013

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