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What is the difference between autism and asperger's syndrome?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
5 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Read anything by Tony Attwood, PhD. He says the "kids with Asperger's are the talkers." Kids with HFA are certainly "doers."
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Read anything by Tony Attwood, PhD. He says the "kids with Asperger's are the talkers." Kids with HFA are certainly "doers."
Dr. Neeta Jain
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Autism

Asperger syndrome is part of the autism spectrum disorder.
The kids are very intelligent but lack social skills. Autistic children lack social and emotionl skills to communicate.

In brief: Autism

Asperger syndrome is part of the autism spectrum disorder.
The kids are very intelligent but lack social skills. Autistic children lack social and emotionl skills to communicate.
Dr. Neeta Jain
Dr. Neeta Jain
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Social interest

People with Asperger's disorder can function normally in school and in family life.
They differ from autistic individuals since they are interested in having friendships. their problem is a lack of the practical skills to maintain friendships and integrate into social activities.

In brief: Social interest

People with Asperger's disorder can function normally in school and in family life.
They differ from autistic individuals since they are interested in having friendships. their problem is a lack of the practical skills to maintain friendships and integrate into social activities.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees

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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Dr. Frank Gaskill
You know your stuff! Thxs!
Dr. Johanna Fricke
It would be nice if we could define both strengths & functional impairments from symptoms for each individual, rather than apply labels.
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