What is the difference between autism and Asperger's?

The psychologist my son was taken to has said that he has some of the autistic behaviors and some that would possibly be considered Asperger's, but not enough to make a full diagnosis. I don't understand, especially since he's 16 and I have homeschooled for 13 of those years. I see what I see. He gets so frustrated and it seems like some days he is fully aware, other days he forgets the simplest things, can't seem to get organized at all, has no concept of what his behavior brings, so many things and no one seems to have any answers. After speaking to my counselor, she suggested Asperger's, but how can I get a good diagnosis? How can I find out if it is learning disabilities instead?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 8:14 AM on Jun. 27, 2008 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Asperger's disorder, Asperger's or AS) is one of several autism spectrum disorders (ASD) characterized by difficulties in social interaction and by restricted, stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities. AS is distinguished from the other ASDs in having no general delay in language or cognitive development. Although not mentioned in standard diagnostic criteria, motor clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported.
    Autism is a brain development disorder that impairs social interaction and communication, and causes restricted and repetitive behavior, all starting before a child is three years old. This set of signs distinguishes autism from milder autism spectrum disorders (ASD) such as Asperger syndrome.
    www.wikipedia.org
    vakatia

    Answer by vakatia at 4:42 PM on Jun. 27, 2008

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  • Our son is dxed with Asperger's. It's really hard for some pros to see what you are going through on a daily basis. I have even had one doc tell me "You are just the mom, I am the doctor." Needless to say, he is no longer the doctor. Check to see if your state has an autism society or other austim awareness/support group. They can help you find the resources you need to have you child properly evaluated.
    ledesa

    Answer by ledesa at 8:10 AM on Jul. 5, 2010

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  • find the nearest pediatric neuirological hospital near you and ask for an evaluation! i have been dealing with same issues with my son. he is 4.5yo, but i now have a really great nuero development dr, and she is running the tests to determine and fully diagnose my son. Hope this helps and will keep yo in my thoughts, write if want to talk.
    ms_mommy_sue

    Answer by ms_mommy_sue at 9:08 AM on Jun. 27, 2008

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  • From personal experience I can say that it will take a time and alot of patience on your part before you will get clear answers. My now 11 yr old, began displaying behaviors that concerned me at 5 yrs old. The school didnt notice anything and I had to ask to have her evaluated. At the time her learning disability was diagnosed. But that was only one part of her issues. Over a years time she began having emotional break downs and was all over the place emotionally from one min to the next.We went thru many DR and many evaluations to discover that my 8 yr old was Bi Polar,and ADD. Ive shed alot of tears and spent alot of time researching but I finally had an answer and was no longer in the dark. Online you will find questionares that you can fill out and that will help you ask the right questions to the DRs and evvaluators. Us at the parent are more in tune and will see things that they wont. I wish you sucess and answers.
    Supermom253

    Answer by Supermom253 at 9:11 AM on Jun. 27, 2008

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  • Aspergers is considered a high functioning autism though there is no correlation between the two. It just means that your son may have problems interpreting other peoples feeling and emotions and his own. The best idea is to have him evaluate, so you can learn how to deal with what he may be going through.
    TheEyesDesire

    Answer by TheEyesDesire at 11:06 AM on Jun. 27, 2008

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  • Join a parenting group they are the ones to be able to say to me they are one in the same all 2nd to the child personality.
    rosetoes

    Answer by rosetoes at 11:44 AM on Jun. 27, 2008

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  • I agree with the above posts do not give up on getting a neurologist to diagnose his aspergers. Also, be sure to try Juice Plus which helps children on the spectrum. My son was diagnosed with PDD-NOS with Sensory Integration and he has improved on Juice Plus. My website is www.Eileen4JP.com and my email is eileen4jp@prodigy.net if you would like to talk. Eileen
    EileenMarie

    Answer by EileenMarie at 1:14 PM on Jun. 27, 2008

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  • Autism/Aspergers
    What is the difference between Autistic Disorder, Asperger's Disorder/Syndrome and PDD-NOS; Are Autism and Asperger Syndrome really different? ...
    www.a4.org.au/autism.html -
    vbruno

    Answer by vbruno at 3:47 PM on Jun. 27, 2008

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  • I have an Autism Fact widget on my profile and Information links at the bottom that can help you better understand.
    MamaWorking

    Answer by MamaWorking at 8:46 AM on Aug. 5, 2008

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  • MT SON HAS ASPERGERS BUT HE HAS AUTISM TO MY SON HAS ALL THE TRAITS OF AUTISM BUT NOT THE DISEASE FROM WHAT THEY SAY BUT TO KNOW MY SON HE SCREAMS AND YELLS AND IS ABUSIVE TOWARDS OTHERS WHEN HE GETS UPSET AT SOMEONE BUT HE DONT UNDERSTAND THAT HE IS HURTING THEM IT IS LIKE THIS IF YOU TELL THEM TO STOP DOING THAT THEY LOOK AT YOU LIKE WHAT BUT IF YOUR SPACIFIC ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO DO THEN IT CLICKS BETTER AND ASPERGERS CHILDREN HAVE VERY HIGH IQUS BUT COMMON SENSE IS NOT THERE IT IS REALLY SAD THAT THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH THIS SOMETIMES MY SON CANT STAND HIS HEAD CAUSE HE SAYS IT GOES CRAZY I WOULD TELL THEM THAT I WANT A EVALUATION DONE WITH A ONE ON ONE SPEACIAL NEEDS TEACHER THROUGH THE BOARD AND IT IS MANDATORY THAT THEY DO IT BUT I WOULD DO IT NOW BEFOR HE GETS ANY OLDER
    brianna77

    Answer by brianna77 at 12:59 PM on Apr. 8, 2009

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