How is High Functioning Autism And Aspergers, Different From Severe Autism?

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    While "high functioning" in the context of autism is not an official diagnostic label, "high functioning" in the context of autism means that the person with autism has social deficits, restricted repetitive behaviour (the core symptoms of autism) and possibly language delay or deficit but a normal IQ (over 70).

    If a person has Asperger's syndrome, according to the DSM-IV that means that he or she has social comminication difficulties and restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities but a normal IQ, no significant general language delay, and "no clinically significant delay in cognitive development or in the development of age-appropriate self-help skills, adaptive behavior (other than social interaction), and curiosity about the environment in childhood."

    If a person has severe autism, that may mean his or her symptoms are severe (e.g. severe language deficit) and that the person with autism may need very substantial support.

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  • drip
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    There are plenty of books in the library to educate yourself on the subject,

    Over simplified

    We have a friend who has Aspergers. He holds a good paying job, supports himself, takes care of himself, travels. He has stayed at our home and is a great guest. He has problems in some social situations. My personal opinion is he doesn’t feel the need to have to join in or be around a social group.

    My nephew works at a school for Autistic children. Some of the children do not pass a six year old mentality. They will not be able to go through school and graduate high school. They won’t be able to hold any kind of job. They can not function on their own. They can not be left on their own.

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