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What is the difference between reactive attachment disorder and asperger's?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Totally different

Reactive attachment disorder is an impairment in the ability of young children to create and maintain a strong bond with caregivers; it arises from a mismatch in child needs and parenting style.
Although children with asperger's disorder also have trouble connecting with others, the problem is genetic, with a decreased drive to socially connect plus odd, intense interests.

In brief: Totally different

Reactive attachment disorder is an impairment in the ability of young children to create and maintain a strong bond with caregivers; it arises from a mismatch in child needs and parenting style.
Although children with asperger's disorder also have trouble connecting with others, the problem is genetic, with a decreased drive to socially connect plus odd, intense interests.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Dr. Glen Elliott
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In brief: The care giving

Reactive attachment disorder results when a child's emotional and physical needs are disregarded either through neglect or frequent changes of care giver. A change in care giving with consistency and love brings about a positive change in the child.
Asperger's disorder on the other hand is a perversive developmental disorder and not caused by defective care giving.

In brief: The care giving

Reactive attachment disorder results when a child's emotional and physical needs are disregarded either through neglect or frequent changes of care giver. A change in care giving with consistency and love brings about a positive change in the child.
Asperger's disorder on the other hand is a perversive developmental disorder and not caused by defective care giving.
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