joycelocke asks:

what is the difference: autism and asperger

My grandson who lives with me and his mother has just been diagnosed with asperger. He is 6 years old and going into the first grade in public school. In articles I read on asperger, reporters/newletters use both words intermediately. i thought they were separate issues.
Please define the difference.
In Topics: Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
> 60 days ago



Oct 15, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

Hello and thank you for writing to JustAsk!

Autism is a huge term with many "subgroups", so to speak.  Asperger's is considered high functioning with regard to the Autism spectrum.

Here are some great resources for you to learn more:

From Expert Tony Attwood:
What is Asperger's Syndrome:

What is Autism:

Support and Resource groups:

The Coffee Klatch-
Our Journey Thru Autism-
Spirit of Autism:
Kyle's Treehouse:
Autism Speaks:

We wish you the best of luck.

Louise Sattler, Psychologist

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Lis47 writes:
Aspergers is basically high functioning autism. The older way of thinking was that with Aspergers one didn't have speech delay and withsutism one did.  They used to think they were 2 different conditions. But now the experts are saying Aspergers is under the Autism Spectrum Disorder umbrella. Our son had some say he is high functioning autism and other professionals say it was Aspergers. Finally we asked the psychiatrist why the difference? He said as mentioned above and also that inthe new diagnostic manual coming out in 2014(?) they wouldnow be placing aspergers under the autism spectrum. We were alsotold that we might get more funding/services if he is labelled autistic - as opposed to Aspergers - since aspersions tend to be higher functioning. Btw our son spoke at 9 months old so he inno way has had language delay - yet still the high functioning autism label.

You will see lots of idiocyncracies in your journey learning about autism spectrum. I wish you well. Your grandchild is lucky to have you caring about them!!!
Web MD has some goog autism articles and is reliable for info. Also check out Autism Speaks website.
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