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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.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
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.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 42 years experience
AUTISM: Aspergers is no longer a diagnostic category - only Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between aspergers disorder and high functioning autism?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Probably Not Much: To my knowledge, these are expressions for the same condition. Aspergers is now part of what is called the autistic spectrum, a range of conditions sharing characteristic of autism, but with different levels of severity.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Help please? I want to know what are the differences between autism and asperger's?

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Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Language ability: There is a wide spectrum of ability in autism, and the latest defnination from the dsm-5, lumps together autism and Asperger in the same group as ASD (autism spectrum disorder). This is not thought reasonable by all those in the autism community. In one sense the exact diagnosis is not as important as dealing with the symptoms of concern.
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 45-year-old member asked:

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.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between high functioning autism and regular autism?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Hmmm: High functioning is exactly that. Able to achieve in school, get higher education, possibly be self sufficient, attain some social appropriateness. Regular autism is very variable. Severe autism is a tragedy. There are no known genomic or neurologic factors at this time that allow us to distinguish outcomes. Most important is love, behavioral intervention & acceptance.

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