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

Im 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?

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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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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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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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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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

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Asperger Syndrome (Definition)

Asperger's syndrome is 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


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more