Can someone clarify for me the difference in a child who has Aspergers and Autism?

Marla - posted on 08/30/2011 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Waiting for my son to be evaluated, and just wondering what the difference is between it all?

Also what does PDD stand for?

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Julie - posted on 08/30/2011

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hi, PDD stands for Pervasive developmental disorder usually showing as difficulties with social and communication skills.Even though PDD-NOS is considered milder than typical autism, this is not always true. While some characteristics may be milder, others may be more severe. My son has Aspergers. there is a bit of a debate whether Aspergers is a syndrome in it's own right or the higher end of the Autistic spectrum sometimes called high functioning Autism. I was told by the specalist that because my son was talking by the expected age and had no other physical delayed he was considered to have Asperger's. He has a lot of Autistic traits e.g. social interaction problems, prepetative interests/behaviour and sensory issues. I think the line between Atisum and Asperger's often overlap. Hope this helps. It's probably best not to focus too much on what it could be, just wait for the diagnosis and research from that point on. good luck :)

Katie - posted on 09/02/2011

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I'm asked this often by people. ... My answer is Autism in general is a sensory, learning and social disability and it spans across such a broad spectrum it's sometimes hard to define...to me..the truth is there isn't that much of a difference, they all suffer the same issues, it's how their brain is wired to deal with these invasive incoming signals, I tend to find and this isn't "fact" just an observation, aspergers seems to be more of a lack of understanding in social settings, it makes it harder because more often than not the aspi seems to have abilities in certain fields that excel NT's (neuro typicals)...they may be able to communicate verbally but they struggel to understand emotion..this is of course in the later years..I've seen a lot of non verbal children with early intervention achieve such goals as intergrating into society but hard as they try they can't fully understand the emotion most of us have. They usually find it hard to look at u dirtectly even while giving their type of effection, but it is somthing they can overcome...a lot of higher functioning aspies can go through the system without being diagnosed as it may seem like a lack of social interest amung other things.
Autism on the other hand is quite different..it can often be quite outwardly noticable, they are usually non verbal, or very little speech and their development seems to be stunted..they can learn of course, but not in the average way and more often than not will always need support, The basics as opposed to the aspie are harder to grasp, they seek constant sensory stimuliation, though an aspie trait aswell the obsessions can become so bad that they can completely block out the world evolved in their recent obessession.
Both share the meltdowns, sensory overload, and many of hte same traits but an aspie if this makes sense is more "with it".
PDD is the diagnosis given before an ASD diagnosis..Pervasive developmental disorder is basically a developmental delay...and the docs usually hope that with early intervention it may dissapate a bit, in some cases it does... docs don't like to hand out the ASD diagnosis without a lot of sure factors...usually time..lol, it can be frustrating because the reality is the earlier u get the diagnosis the earlier u can start early intervention and access funding u are entitled to.
Not sure if I've helped at all, nor do I claim to be correct, my son was orginally diagnosed with PPD..It was me that eventually rand my pead and told him to get a grip..lol, that I knew what i was seeing and just needed it on paper.
Wishing u the best of luck with ur son.

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Beth - posted on 04/09/2012

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Asperger syndrome, also known as Asperger's syndrome or Asperger disorder, is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its preservation of linguistic and cognitive development.



Autism is characterized by delays or abnormal functioning before the age of three years in one or more of the following domains: (1) social interaction; (2) communication; and (3) restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities. Social impairments are marked by poor use of nonverbal communication, difficulty in peer relations, lack of social-emotional reciprocity, and lack of shared enjoyment. Communication deficits may include failure to develop speech and difficulties maintaining conversations. Social and communication impairments may also cause a lack of symbolic or imaginative play. Restricted and repetitive behaviors may include unusual preoccupations with narrow interests, inflexibility to nonfunctional routines and stereotyped and repetitive mannerisms.



Asperger syndrome can be distinguished from autism by the lack of delay in early language development.Additionally, individuals with Asperger syndrome do not have significant cognitive delays. An individual with Asperger syndrome typically demonstrates obsessive interest in a single topic or activity. Other symptoms include repetitive routines or rituals, peculiarities in speech and language, inappropriate affect or social behavior, problems with non-verbal communication, and clumsy or uncoordinated motor movements.Because of these difficulties, individuals with Asperger's Disorder often have trouble interacting with others.



Pervasive developmental disorders or PDD include autism, Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS), childhood disintegrative disorder, and Rett syndrome. These disorders are typically characterized by social deficits, communication difficulties, stereotyped or repetitive behaviors and interests, and in some cases, cognitive delays. Although these diagnoses share some common features, individuals with these disorders are thought to be "on the spectrum" because of differences in severity across these domains.

Jeanna - posted on 09/09/2011

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Pdd stands for pervasive developmental delay which is a form of autism. The main difference between. Pdd and asp's is there is a speech delay with pdd

Johnna - posted on 09/08/2011

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Autism and Aspergers are really the same thing. In fact, the aspergers diagnosis is going to go away and the diagnosis across the board is just going to be autism. The differences in the two that people notice are going to be noted by severity instead of name. This is because they all have the same cause. PDD stands for pervasive developmental disorder. Autism IS a developmental disorder, so usually PDD is only used to diagnose those who have autism symptoms but the symptoms develop in a different order than a typical autism diagnosis does.

Kim - posted on 09/06/2011

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I have triplets two have aspergers it is a form of autism they are high functioning that they can go to public school with assistance for there classes and learning certain things can be very difficult but if its something they love they will know it backwards forwards and sideways. goodluck

Brittany - posted on 09/05/2011

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PDD stands for Pervasive Development Disorder. PDD is a delay in development of basic functions. Like socialization.

Children with Aspergers tend to be more social-able then those with Autism. Also those with Aspergers tend to develop language skills faster.

Kellie - posted on 08/31/2011

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Hi Marla, I agree with Julie to see what the diagnosis is. my son was diagnosed with aspergers at 8yrs old but the original referrel was for Dyspraxia, he too has sensory issues, prepetative interests, social prblems, hand flaps, etc, they are all along the same spectrum and although each child may have similar traits every child is different with their condition and lay at different levels on the spectrum. My child attends mainstream school (with help) and is learning to cope with his condition very well were as my friend has an autistic child who is in special education and finds it difficult to 'fit in', he has speech difficulties and bad behavioural problems - just examples of different levels! Just remember that no matter what the outcome of your sons evalation is their is always someone to help and talk to!! wishing you luck!!

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