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What is the difference between classic autism and Asperger syndrome?

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Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
Dr. Jeff Jacobs
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Dr. Thomas Lin
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Severity

ASD is a spectrum disorder. Classic autism have more presentin signs and symptoms of social avoidance, speech impediments, stereotypical movements, ridgidity with routines or OCD behaviors while asperger's syndrome will be more functional with better communicative skills but still lacking in social functioning.
Asperger's children tend to be hyperlexic and "gifted" in particular interest/topics.

In brief: Severity

ASD is a spectrum disorder. Classic autism have more presentin signs and symptoms of social avoidance, speech impediments, stereotypical movements, ridgidity with routines or OCD behaviors while asperger's syndrome will be more functional with better communicative skills but still lacking in social functioning.
Asperger's children tend to be hyperlexic and "gifted" in particular interest/topics.
Dr. Thomas Lin
Dr. Thomas Lin
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