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What is the difference between Asperger Disorder And Autism?

With children that have Asperger and they have an aid in school will they always need to have one…What are the chances they won’t?? Thanks

As you can tell, there is a great deal of disagreement over what Asperger’s Disorder (AS) is, even among the experts. My son has an Asperger’s diagnosis, and from the most recently published books I’ve read, it seems that Asperger’s is recognized as high-functioning Autism, although not high-functioning Autistic Disorder (AD, which is an entirely different diagnosis on the autism spectrum).

Children with AS do not have the same level of communication problems children with AD have. They speak and develop language skills at roughly the same time as “typical” children, but their use of social language is very different. Children with AD are very different in the way they learn to use language, have more unusual forms of language, and many never speak.

Children with AS frequently go undiagnosed until 7 or 8, while children with AD are usually identified well before age 3.

Children with AS usually don’t score in the range of Mental Retardation on standardized IQ tests, while this is common in children with AD.

Children with AS usually have verbal abilities (vocabularly or factual knowledge) that are better than their nonverbal abilities, while the reverse is often true for children with AD.

Children with AS usually have an interest in other people, but lack the skills to initiate and maintain social interaction. Children with AD are more likely to be aloof, withdrawn or passive.

Children with AS often have a difficult and miserable time at school. It is hard for them to deal with unpredictability, confusion and chaos. Often, they don’t understand what to expect or what is expected of them. As they struggle to cope, their level of Anxiety rises, which causes them to become more sensitive to sensory stimulus such as noise. When their sensory difficulties are aggravated, they become even more anxious. They have a difficult time getting along with their peers in unstructured, less supervised periods such as recess and lunchtime. They have very little understanding of social nuances and concepts which other children pick up easily. Many children with AS also have difficulties with handwriting, attention, concentration and organization. They are also easy targets of bullying, and sometimes they overreact to innocent joking or teasing and misperceive themselves as a victim of bullying. For all these reasons, an aid or ParaPro is very desirable for an AS child, and parents should make every effort to secure this assistance from the school.

Many experts agree that problem behavior associated with AS begins to rise around age 7, peak somewhere around 12-14, and then starts to decline with the onset of puberty.

I agree that it is advisable to consult a DAN practitioner for biomedical treatment assistance. My son is currently under care of a DAN doctor, and we have seen marked improvement. In the meantime, it’s best for parents to take advantage of all the accomodations they possibly can to help increase their child’s success at school.

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