Autism ‘v’ Asperger’s

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  1. Robyn says:

    Hey Cat,
    Hang in there! As a teacher I used to ignore the specifics of each child’s ‘diagnosis’ and just teach the child. Specific labels can be useful at times, but really everyone is an individual and needs to be treated as such.
    By the end of 20 years as a teacher, I had decided that everyone was on the spectrum somewhere with some of their behaviours. With care and listening and appropriate assistance most students achieved at a level with which they were happy if they and their teachers made the effort.
    Hope you have a lovely holiday.

  2. Cat Amongst Wolves says:

    You sound like you were an excellent teacher. Every child should be treated as an individual, regardless of whether they are neurotypical or have an ASD. It makes me happy to see that attitudes have moved on since I was at school, where it was more a case of ‘sink or swim’ 🙂

  3. The reason they were combined in the DSM is a simple one. Clinicians could not distinguish adults with the various diagnoses from each other. My dx is ASD, but it would have been autistic disorder not asperger’s under DSM-IV here for the same reason, early language delay. /shrug

  4. Hi Scott,

    That’s true and when you take into account the fact that adult diagnosis is becoming more prevalent, it just doesn’t seem appropriate to take adults who are currently indistinguishable from each other and give them a different diagnosis purely because of the way they behaved as small children.

    In the case of adult diagnosis, any parental testimony regarding speech or cognitive delays has to be slightly suspect, as it is often so long ago, that the parent can’t necessarily remember. I’ve always known that did have some kind of speech delay, but every time I ask my mother about it, she comes out with a slightly different story.

    There is certainly no reason to assume that a early language delay automatically leads to life-long language difficulties, it certainly didn’t in my case. It is historically well documented that Albert Einstein had a significant childhood language delay, so we are in good company. It always amuses me to point out that ** if ** he were to have been diagnosed with an autistic spectrum condition, it would have been Autistic Disorder/Childhood Autism and not Asperger’s Syndrome.

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