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    Can anyone please explain to me what the difference really is?

    My son has a PDD diagnosis, but now that his language is coming along he is amazingly bright and really craves social interaction. We need a real diagnosis of either autism or aspergers before the classification system changes, but I don't know much about the differences etc...
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    Default Re: Autism vs Aspergers

    I thought aspergers is a type of autism

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    Quote Originally Posted by lw1981 View Post
    I thought aspergers is a type of autism

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    It is, but the diagnostic criteria differs, as do some of the key traits.
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    Default Re: Autism vs Aspergers

    i believe the main diff is speech. and possibly iq levels?
    so our drs told us anyway. my ds has been back n forward between dx of hfa and aspie. sitting with aspie although i believe he is hfa.


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    I was told it is speech that changes the dx. When we first got a dx for ds#2 his speech issues werent entirely apparent due to age (2 yrs 5 months) and the pysch reccomended a dx of pdd nos. We took the report back to developmental paed who wanted speech assessment done... Once it was done he immediately changed dx to flat out autism.

    Due to my other sons very apparent language disorder and not talking at until until after 3, he immediately got a dx of autism not aspie. They class language disorders if its on the receptive/comprehension end, to be a learning disability so i assume that would be it.
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    Diamond Eyes, that's a good answer. I too was unsure of the differences. I had the speech assessment first as my DS only really started speaking more than a handful of words at 2 yrs old. His pragmatics skills were the main issue but he was 50/50 with things like comprehension/receptive language. The paed initially suspected Aspergers. Once he had the psych assessment, the dx was HFA. The pead told me however that he doesn't distinctly fit into either Aspergers or HFA but officially gave a HFA diagnosis due to the speech issues the speech pathologist pointed out. Part of his therapy will be speech pathology as a result of this. The speech issues aren't always obvious and as Diamond eyes pointed out, they may be on the receptive end. That's why the speech pathologist is part of the assessment team


 

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