A 41-year-old member asked:
i want to know what is the difference between high functioning autism and asperger's syndrome?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad answered
33 years experience Child Psychiatry
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.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
Dr. Johanna Fricke answered
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
In truth, HFA has: never been a separate diagnostic category. The DSM-V diagnosis Autistic Spectrum Disorder ASD) includes Autism, Asperger Syndrome & PDD-NOS because core deficits like absent/diminished theory of mind, impaired facial recognition & lack of joint attention underlie the atypical behaviors in social reciprocity, social communication & narrow, repetitive areas of interest or stereotypies in all types.
Answered on May 15, 2016
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