Asperger's and Autism: Is There a Difference?
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Defining Asperger's and Autism
Asperger's, according to mayoclinic.com is:
A developmental disorder that affects a person's ability to socialize and communicate effectively with others. Children with Asperger's syndrome typically exhibit social awkwardness and an all-absorbing interest in specific topics.
One of a group of serious developmental problems called autism spectrum disorders (ASD) that appear in early childhood — usually before age 3. Though symptoms and severity vary, all autism disorders affect a child's ability to communicate and interact with others.
The definitions almost seem identical, but there are a number of differences as well as similarities.
Similarities of Asperger's and Autism
- Social Impairment
- Motor Mannerisms
- Lack of Flexibility
Differences Between Asperger's and Autism
Although Asperger's Syndrome and autism seem very similar, there are many differences between the two:
- Asperger's is more mild than classic Autism
- Children with Asperger's don't have delays in communication unlike those with Autism.
- Children with Asperger's might communicate with someone verbally, but it will seem like they are talking at you rather than to you.
- Those with Asperger's can usually function in a normal environment with certain modifications.
- Children with Autism usually need a special school or special work settings because of the lack of verbal skills.
- Children with Asperger's have a normal IQ, whereas, Autistic children's IQs tend to vary.