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How is asperger’s syndrome related to autism?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Family Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
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Dr. Glen Elliott
The next diagnostic iteration may do away with the Asperger label in favor of a broader umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Dr. Jon Ahrendsen
True and some of the Adult Asperger patients are not happy about this prospect.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Severity Differences

Aspergers is now part of what is called the autistic spectrum, a range of conditions sharing characteristics of autism, but with different levels of severity.

In brief: Severity Differences

Aspergers is now part of what is called the autistic spectrum, a range of conditions sharing characteristics of autism, but with different levels of severity.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Areas of difficulty

Quite soon, the system will change and we'll have only "autism spectrum disorder.
" it'll included autism, asperger's disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified. Those with asperger's disorder are characterized with good language ability and normal to superior iq but difficulties with social interactions and use of nonverbal language as well as odd interests.

In brief: Areas of difficulty

Quite soon, the system will change and we'll have only "autism spectrum disorder.
" it'll included autism, asperger's disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified. Those with asperger's disorder are characterized with good language ability and normal to superior iq but difficulties with social interactions and use of nonverbal language as well as odd interests.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral

In brief: Because the same

Deficits in social understanding underlie all, the term autistic disorder will be used for autism, as & pdd-nos.
Resistance to "lumping" the diagnoses stems from the perception that all people with as have high iq's; the current definition of as requires an iq > 70, in the "normal" range, not necessarily avg. Or above. Lack of joint attention & theory of mind cause atypical social skills in all.

In brief: Because the same

Deficits in social understanding underlie all, the term autistic disorder will be used for autism, as & pdd-nos.
Resistance to "lumping" the diagnoses stems from the perception that all people with as have high iq's; the current definition of as requires an iq > 70, in the "normal" range, not necessarily avg. Or above. Lack of joint attention & theory of mind cause atypical social skills in all.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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