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What is the difference between classic autism and Asperger syndrome?

What is the difference between classic autism and Asperger syndrome?

Spectrum disorder: Autism is a spectrum disorder. With the diagnosis of autism being made when symptoms are severe and severely impairing, and asperger's disorder being diagnosed when symptoms are less severe, yet still a cause for significant impairment and/or distress. Symptoms "in-between" mild and severe are sometimes diagnosed as pdd, nos. Isolated, mild autistic symptoms also occur in the "normal" population. ...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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What are the mild symptoms of autism and Asperger syndrome?

What are the mild symptoms of autism and Asperger syndrome?

Autism signs/sxs: In children, red flags for autism/aspergers is diverse. Impaired social skills, speech & language & nonverbal communication difficulties, and inflexible behaviors are classic themes. In babies and toddlers: no-eye contact, smiles, response to name, following objects visually, reciprocal behavior, initiation or response to cuddling, playing with others or sharing interest/enjoyment. ...Read more

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Is Asperger syndrome the same thing as autism?

Is Asperger syndrome the same thing as autism?

Core deficits in : Theory of mind, facial recognition, social reciprocity & social communication underlie both. Autistic spectrum disorder is the dsm-v diagnosis for autism, asperger syndrome (as) & pdd-nos. The neurodevelopmental profile differs. Though any can have an iq >70, those with as have fairly intact language, except for pragmatics & prosody, while those with autism have higher non-verbal abilities. ...Read more

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How many kinds of autism Asperger syndrome forms are there?

How many kinds of autism Asperger syndrome forms are there?

Several: the usual range of autism spectrum disorders includes autism, pervasive developmental diosrder NOS, high functioning autism and Aspergers disorder. There is an attempt to include Non verbal learning disability ...Read more

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How high is the percentage of individuals with autism or Asperger syndrome get married?

Unknown?: As far as i know there have been no definitive studies on this subject in this country. There have been some studies done on this in england(and you could look them up) but nothing concrete. My take on this subject is that the higher the level of functioning the individual has the more things/experiences they will have in his/her life. Try to be supportive and a resource/sounding board. ...Read more

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What percentage of individuals with autism or Asperger syndrome get married? Who do they marry?

Unknown: As far as i'm aware, those statistics are not known. The percentage for autism would be much lower than for both asperger's and for the general population. I wouldn't be surprised if the percentage for asperger's was similar or only slightly lower than the general population. ...Read more

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I need your expertise, is higher functioning autism or Asperger syndrome also considered a mental health disorder?

Yes: The diagnosis has been incorporated into high-functioning autism. However, just because it's a handicap of sorts -- you'll never be super-coordinated and probably never excel at team sports -- you can learn social skills, and your ability to focus your mind is a huge PLUS in our tech age. And if single agrees with you, you're extra fortunate. Who needs to be exactly like everyone else? ...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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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 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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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