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What is high functioning autism?

What is high functioning autism?

Not a diagnosis: The term "high functioning autism" is a term usually referring to individuals who have some but not all symptoms of autism. It is not truly a diagnosis and usually covers a large spectrum of people who do not have autism but have many similar symptoms, such as social awkwardness, a need for extreme structure in their lives and difficulties with reading others' emotional cues. ...Read more

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


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I'm a 21 year old male. What exactly is high functioning autism? Apparently I am disgnosed with it. : (is that a bad thing?

I'm a 21 year old male. What exactly is high functioning autism? Apparently I am disgnosed with it. : (is that a bad thing?

Forget the label: If you are functioning well, then I would simply forget the label. If you heading into difficulties you should seek out psychotherapy or psychiatric treatment just as anyone else would. The label at this point could only be helpful in terms of entitlements, but it sounds like you will not be needing them provided you are able to live independently. It is possible that the label no longer applies. ...Read more

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

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

Not much: "autistic disorder"will include as, pdd-nos & autism. Kids with as may sound like " little professors, "talk about favorite topics without conversational give-and-take (pragmatics) and without typical use of tempo, pitch & loudness (prosody). Kids with hfa struggle with language, but may quickly figure out how to make something work by seeing & handling it. Both have "normal" full-scale iq, >70. ...Read more

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What are PDD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

What are PDD and high functioning autism spectrum disorders?

Autism spectrum dis: These are all terms used to describe, what is now, a single classification called autism spectrum disorder. This is a developmental brain disorder that affects a person's ability to relate to other people and the world around them in a typical fashion. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the symptoms of high functioning autism?

Here are the: Symptoms laid out for you nicely. I have included 2 websites. Www. Ehow. Com/about_4580174_symptoms-high-functioning... Symptoms of high functioning autism. People with autism typically have a delay in speech or social skills, mixed with some behavioral symptoms. Autism. Lovetoknow. Com/high_functioning_autism_symptoms includes: signs of high functioning autism, social characteristics, . ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between high functioning autism and asperger's syndrome?

I want to know what is the difference between high functioning autism and asperger's syndrome?

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. ...Read more

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What is the difference between high functioning autism and aspergers?

What is the difference between high functioning autism and aspergers?

Aspergers: There is really no such thing as high functioning autism. Watch these two videos to get a better understanding. Http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=xg1ngp1ngds http://www. Youtube. Com/watch? V=f5sfe6dqhro. ...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 common is high functioning autism in the us?

Increasing quickly: The number of those diagnosed with autism is now under 1/100 with the majority of those being male and in the category of high functioning. The significant increase over short period of time suggests an environmental influence. This is likely on top of subtle genetic susceptibilities that have not yet been well defined. Genetics will take time to sort out so adjustment to environment are key. ...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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Can you please tell me how high functioning autism and autism differ?

Asperger's: Aspergers is sometimes referred to as high functioning autism. The symptoms are less impairing then for those found with pervasive developmental disorder or full blown autism. They are disorders on a spectrum of severity. ...Read more

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

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

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

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. ...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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Is it possible to have high functioning autism, but not realize it till age 16?

Yes: Some children who do well academically but are socially awkward have been given a diagnosis of autism when they are older. ...Read more

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Someone said I might have high functioning autism, what exactly does this mean?

High functioning: This term is usually used to describe individuals who have difficulty with social interactions, including not being able to read body language, facial expressions and have difficulty tolerating those who do not adhere to social rules. These people often do not seek out social interactions. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can tell someone that I think I have high functioning autism?

Straight: Honesty os the best policy. If it someone you care about, they probably are already aware and the info will simply be confirmation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have high functioning autism and I am 21. What would be a good career path for me?

I have high functioning autism and I am 21. What would be a good career path for me?

Enjoy your career!: "do what you love, love what you do" certainly applies to you; keeping in mind any challenges or special needs specific to you in a given work situation. First, think of what you like, your education / training, comfort, situation cause anxiety? Also consider what is available in the area in which you live and possibility of relocation. It might be helpfl to take specific courses / training. ...Read more

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What to do if I had over that. But I do have high functioning autism, could that be why I feel so different?

Certainly, it is: Frustrating, depressing & anxiety-provoking to know you have a problem with social communication & behaviors that seem "odd" to some, but you can't "fix" them without help. It means you're both smart & you have some degree of Theory of Mind, knowing that others may have a different point of view. See http://www. Aapsa. Net & autismsyracuse. Com/linksresources/ to find funding & services. Good luck! ...Read more

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


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Asperger Syndrome (Definition)

A developmental disorder affecting a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively. Common symptoms include unusual nonverbal communication, not being sensitive of others' feelings, having difficulty understanding humor, and speaking ...Read more