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What happens if one has asperger's syndrome are they classed as autistic?

What happens if one has asperger's syndrome are they classed as autistic?

The spectrum: Years ago, with push from educators, they put autism, Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental delay under an umbrella of the "autism spectrum disorders".It allowed coordinated treatment funding for similar needs, but I consider it like putting appendicitis in an"abdominal pain spectrum" .They are separate issues with common needs and some overlap in features.Beyond that it's just words. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Which careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children?

Many: Teachers, speech , physical and occupational therapists as well as medical providers and psychologists are some of the career paths that would allow you to work with special needs children. If your goal is to work with these children you just need to decide in what capacity. Do you want to be hands on providing services or have more indirect role. The possibilities are endless. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of someone with asperger's syndrome having an autistic child?

Can't be sure: The spectrum of autism disorders includes a great variety of individuals across a wide rage of symptoms. Some of these individuals will have genetic syndromes that can be diagnosed, and genetic counselors may be able to determine the risk of passing on the abnormality. In many cases no cause can be identified. We do know that autism disorders can run in families, and we also see it with no history. ...Read more

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What is autism, who suffers from it and does it affect children.What is the aspeger syndrome?

What is autism, who suffers from it and does it affect children.What is the aspeger syndrome?

Autistic Disorder is: A categorical diagnosis given when a person's set of observable behaviors meet criteria in the diagnostic & statistical manual used by mental health professionals & developmental/behavioral pediatricians. Because it's the quality of social reciprocity & communication + repetitive movements/narrow, restricted areas of interest, not just a delay, it requires a thorough team evaluation for diagnosis. ...Read more

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What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

What careers are out there that work with autistic and Down syndrome children (and still have fun at it)?

Lots: There are quite a few fields, including nutrition, childhood development, child and adolescent psychology, child and adolescent psychiatry (physicians) and developmental and behavioral health pediatrics (physicians), or general pediatrics (physicians). As to whether any of these jobs are fun . . . That's up to each individual. ...Read more

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Is asperger's syndrome a type of autism?

Is asperger's syndrome a type of autism?

Yes.: There are degrees & variations of autism. Aspergers does have a particular set of characteristics, but it can be considered a subset of autism. Aspergers is probably going to fade away as a discrete diagnosis soon. It is being lumped into the category now more commonly known as autistic spectrum disorder (asd). ...Read more

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How is asperger’s syndrome related to autism?

How is asperger’s syndrome related to autism?

Related: Usually the asperger patient has better language ability than the autistic patient. One could also consider them to be different sections of a spectrum of continuity. Some people call it high functioning autism. In my opinion the exact label doesn't matter a great deal, it is what are the needs of the child and make sure those needs are addressed. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are leads to of autism and asperger's syndrome?

Autistic Spectrum: Disorder is the diagnosis now for the neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by qualitative impairments in social communication & social reciprocity + narrow, restricted areas of interest or repetitive, nonfunctional movements. Etiology is multifactorial. Many genetic & epigenetic factors are known; the latter, like low folate (folic acid) at conception, alter function but not structure or sequence of genes ...Read more

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Is there a marfan's-like syndrome that is linked to autism?

Not that I know: The only likely association i can think is klinefelter's sydrome. But this is not close. Ks is only in males, they tend to be taller than average (similar to marfan's) and may have motor delays and learning problems (similar to autism) . But they usually lack the main features of profound communication and social skills impairment of as. Many/most klindefelter's appear entirely normal. ...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 do I know if I have autism / asperger's syndrome?

Social Skills?: If you have a problem with everyday reciprocal social interactions to the point that it harmfully impacts your functioning, it's worth having a neuropsychological evalution. Is it hard for you to understand that other people may not think what you think, feel the way you feel about things or want to do what you want to do, ? That makes an ASD more likely. Than just social anxiety or other issues. ...Read more

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Is there any new research on autism and Down syndrome?

Clinical research : reveals that 10-19% of people with Down Syndrome also have Autistic Spectrum Disorder, often manifesting as regression in language & behavioral regression between 3-7 years. See sfari.org/news-and-opinion/in-brief/2014/clinical-research-down-syndrome-autism-often-coexist. Contact Dr. George T. Capone at Kennedy-Krieger Institute in Baltimore, ian@kennedykrieger.org, to participate in studies. ...Read more

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What is a good book to understand Down syndrome and autism?

What is a good book to understand Down syndrome and autism?

Autistic Spectrum : Disorder can present as regression in language & behavior as late as school age in kids with DS & mild-moderate Intellectual Disability (ID). Hearing loss is also common in DS. Try "When Down Syndrome & Autism Intersect", edited by Margaret Froehlke, R.N. & Robin Zaborek & "Dual Diagnosis of DS & Autism" by George T. Capone, M.D., adapted from Disability Solutions, vol.3, issues 5 & 6. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Angelman syndrome and autism?

Angelman Syndrome = : intellectual disability,puppet-like, jerky movements, hand-flapping, laughter outbursts, sociability, & severe language deficits from lack of maternal genes, 2 sets of paternal genes or only active paternal genes on Chromosome 15q11.2-q13. A few kids with AS lack social communication & reciprocity + their stereotypical movements, warranting additional diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What can be done to make kids with Down syndrome and autism happy?

By letting them be: If kids get only frustrated by confronting them constantly with ther limitations, they can never just be happy. A common mistake parents make is to try to operate constantly in educating and training them without allowing them any time to just be kids, on that, they are just like any other kid. And, believe me, free play time, non-directed, helps a lot brain development naturally. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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What is a good way for me to prove that I do not have autism or asparagus syndrome?

Why do you ask?: It would be unusual to be a 37 year old with autism and not have been diagnosed earlier. An exception might be someone with the diagnosis of aspergers whose only noticeable difficulty was social interactions. If you feel you are functioning fine from a professional and social standpoint you do not have to prove anything. If you have concerns start with your primary provider to provide guidance. ...Read more