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What is the difference between autism itself and autism spectrum?

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Dr. Terri Graham
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Autism

ASD or autism spectrum disorder is a continum of diagnoses.
An easy way to think of it is to imagine a number between 1-100. The severity of symptoms makes the diagnosis on a scale of 1-100. Aspergers is an asd, but so is autism. Intervention is based on what services are needed.

In brief: Autism

ASD or autism spectrum disorder is a continum of diagnoses.
An easy way to think of it is to imagine a number between 1-100. The severity of symptoms makes the diagnosis on a scale of 1-100. Aspergers is an asd, but so is autism. Intervention is based on what services are needed.
Dr. Terri Graham
Dr. Terri Graham
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
The rationale for " lumping" all spectrum disorders into " Autistic Disorder" is to get funding & services for all. We'll see if it works
Dr. Lisa Rankin
ADHD & Autism
2 doctors agree

In brief: Quite a bit

Traditionally autism was used to referred to patients with severe deficits in communication and social interactions which often kept them in their own world and without meaningful verbal language.
Now we recognize there is a spectrum of patients which includes the classic autistic patients but also a variety of patients who have less dramatic difficulties but still enough to impact functioning.

In brief: Quite a bit

Traditionally autism was used to referred to patients with severe deficits in communication and social interactions which often kept them in their own world and without meaningful verbal language.
Now we recognize there is a spectrum of patients which includes the classic autistic patients but also a variety of patients who have less dramatic difficulties but still enough to impact functioning.
Dr. Lisa Rankin
Dr. Lisa Rankin
Thank
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
The idea behind the DSM-V's sole diagnosis " Autistic Disorder" is so that schools, insurances, etc.,recognize the need to help all.
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