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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.
Dr. William Holmes
Child Psychiatry 34 years experience
Same Family: Autism is a more pervasive problem, with severe effects in speech, social interactions, and behavior. Asperger's is a related condition with possible problems in the same areas, but to a lesser degree.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

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

4 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
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 45-year-old member asked:

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

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
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 32-year-old member asked:

Is asperger's syndrome a type of autism?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
YES IT IS A TYPE : Yes Asperger syndrome is a type of high function autism.
Dr. Rudolf Brutoco
Child Psychiatry 44 years experience
Aspergers is probably going to fade away as a discrete diagnosis. It is being lumped into the category now more commonly known as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Aug 3, 2012
A 37-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
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 31-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I have autism / asperger's syndrome?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
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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