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Is it Aspergers Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or Both?

Classification of Aspergers Syndrome


What is Asperger Syndrome?

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Asperger Syndrome is one of the autism spectrum disorders.  What are autism spectrum disorders?  They are also called pervasive developmental disorders in the DSM-IV.  These conditions are characterized by challenges/deficits of social interaction and communication.

Autism spectrum disorders begin in infancy or childhood.  These conditions are not ‘cured’, as some might think.  They are really just a different way of thinking and vieweing the world.  However, the challenges that arise in communication and social interaction should not be minimized, either.
According to Wikipedia,
ASD, in turn, is a subset of the broader autism phenotype (BAP), which describes individuals who may not have ASD but do have autistic-like traits, such as social deficits.[10] Of the other four ASD forms, autism is the most similar to AS in signs and likely causes but its diagnosis requires impaired communication and allows delay in cognitive development; Rett syndrome and childhood disintegrative disorder share several signs with autism but may have unrelated causes; and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) is diagnosed when the criteria for a more specific disorder are unmet.[11]
The Aspergers Autism Debate

Here is where the debate over the exact classification for Aspergers (AS) begins.  The current classification of autism spectrum disorder, according to the researchers who are updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (coming out in May 20130, does not entirely reflect the true nature of autism spectrum disorders.
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