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

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Type of impairment: This all wil change in 5/13. For the past 14-15 years, asperger's disorder has described people with longstanding poor social skills and odd or unusually intense preoccupations but relatively normal language, wherease autism has notable language impairment as well. Studies have failed to find marked differences other than in language, so new term will be austim spectrum disorder.
Dr. Frank Gaskill
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 24 years experience
Aspergers: They are very different. Typically autism has severe speech delay and an iq below 70. Aspergers is usually average to have average intelligence. Autism spectrum and aspergers in 8 mins. Check it! http://youtu.Be/xg1ngp1ngds.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
The same deficits : In reciprocal social interaction caused by lack of joint attention, facial recognition & theory of mind underlie all types of autism. Autistic Spectrum Disorder is now the diagnosis that "lumps" autism, AS & PDD-NOS in the DSM-V. There was a misperception that the old diagnosis of AS always implied superior cognitive skills. The DSM-IV required a "normal" IQ (> 70), not necessarily avg. or >.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Mostly language: The major difference between ausitm ANS asperger's is early language development--relatively normal in the latter. So-called high-functioning autism typically means average or above iq, which usually implies fairly good language. Even so, language measures typically most distinguish the two. That's why new criteria being considered will lump everything under autism spectrum disorder.
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 41-year-old member asked:

I want to know what is the difference between high functioning autism and asperger's syndrome?

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Language: The way diagnostic labels are used is not uniform, formally the DX of asperger's is meant to be used when there is no evidence of a language disorder. But in many cases people may get one diagnosis or another just based on where or by whom they are diagnosed. In 2013 with the change of diagnostic manuel to dsm5-most of those people with just be autism spectrum disorder.
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
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

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