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What does it mean to be a high-functioning autistic person?

What does it mean to be a high-functioning autistic person?

Varies : Very often that term is used interchangeably with aspergers. In general the biggest area of difficulty for these patients is language and social interactions. There can be difficulty reading and understanding the subtleties of human interactions as it relates to conversation and body language. Interpretation is literal and sarcasm not understood. Sheldon on the big bang theory is good example. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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How typical is it for high functioning autistic adults to live with their parents?

How typical is it for high functioning autistic adults to live with their parents?

Depends : High functioning individuals may still struggle with the skills needed to completely live independently and require additional help. If they do not live in an area that has services for adults this role may completely fall to the parents. If they are fortunate there may be supervised adult housing and vocational training that will lead to increased independence. ...Read more

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How can I help my high functioning autistic sister. She is a 14 year old that isn't very social and my parents don't know how to help her.

How can I help my high functioning autistic sister. She is a 14 year old that isn't very social and my parents don't know how to help her.

Refer to: : Suggest to your parents to ask her pediatrician about referring her to a social skills group or to a therapist who specializes in kids with high-functioning autism or aspergers disorder.. As this diagnosis has become more recognized, more therapists and groups are available. Her school counselor could even help with this. ...Read more

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What is the difference between asperger’s disorder and high functioning autism?

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. ...Read more

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Is high functioning autism degenerative?

Generally not: Individuals with high functioning autism often show improvement over time and have symptoms that overlap with asperger's disorder. ...Read more

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How do high functioning autism and aspergers differ?

They probably don't: There is a new classification system which does not differentiate autism, pdd, and asperger's. They are all referred to autism spectrum disorder. High functioning means that there is a normal iq. This indicates a good chance at being able to function adequately as an adult and independently. ...Read more

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What is worse: aspergers syndrome, or high-functioning autism?

Comparison: Personally speaking , there is no comparison. They are both special in their own ways. Both need lot of support and understanding. And sometimes they will surprise you with their normality! ...Read more

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How does on get tested for Asperger's/high functioning autism?

Psych testing: A psychiatrist or developmental pediatrician would be two resources for evaluation of suspected Autism. The iagnosis of 'Asperger' has fallen out of favor and is not included in Autism Spectrum categories. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between high functioning autism and asbergers?

Depends: Some say very little difference, but technically ppl with autism have some history of speech/language delay while ppl with asperger's disorder have no history of such a delay. Typically ppl with autism struggle more with verbal tasks, but may excel with nonverbal/visual tasks. Often ppl w/ aspergers struggle more with visual tasks but have strong verbal skills. This is not always the case though. ...Read more

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