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what are the major differences between autism, childhood schizophrenia and aspergers?

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Severity: In autism social, communication and restricted range of or odd behaviors is characteristic, in asperger's disorder there are social pbms and a restricted range of, or odd behaviors. In schizophrenia, hallucinations and or delusions in the context of impairment is required. There is often someover lap in that perceptual abn can be present to different degrees in all 3.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
The criteria for : Autistic Spectrum Disorder,which now includes Asperger Syndrome, are social, communicative & sensorimotor impairments seen before age 3. 30-50% of children with schizophrenia with disordered thought & emotional instability under 13 have a prior diagnosis of ASD &/or Borderline/Mild Intellectual Disability & share more DNA deletions & duplications found in ASD than do their unaffected siblings.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
AUTISM: Aspergers is no longer a diagnostic category - only Autism Spectrum Disorder vs Childhood Schizophrenia. "Childhood schizophrenia is an uncommon but severe mental disorder in which children interpret reality abnormally." "Autism spectrum disorder is a condition related to brain development that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others, causing problems in social interaction.

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