Difference between Asperger's and high functioning autism?

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11 Mar 2012, 4:27 pm

I agre with b9. I can not be bord when I am on my own. when peopel are around then I am more going to be bord becuase they make it hard they make noice and move around and make it hard for me to think. so I get bord. and fustraited and just want to be left alone.



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11 Mar 2012, 9:04 pm

Bosley wrote:
It seems that diagnistically the main difference between AS and HFA is speech delay. However, I was told another qualitative difference is that most people with AS have a want and a need for friends and have difficulty obtaining them, while people with HFA prefer to be alone and solitary.

From what I have seen this can be true. It is for me and for my cousin with Aspergers. I very much would rather to entertain myself, while my cousin on the other hand would like to be with other people and just has a hard time.

But what do you guys think?

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I think that the differences between aspergers and other forms of autism are pretty arbitrary and I am concvinced that all of these so called experts still have a lot to learn about autism in general.
I didn't have speech delay and I haven't experienced lot of problems with my own language which is dutch. However, the problem I have with speach and languages in general is that I partly think in pictures and that slows me down a little. I have to translate the detailed pictures I see in my head into words and than into verbal speech or written sentences which is not always easy. You guys have no idea what an immense effort it is for me to post on this forum. I have been diagnosed with aspergers because of the fact that my speech wasn't delayed and I can score over a 135 on an IQ test. I have read a lot about autism and aspergers since I've got diagnosed and I have come to the conclusion that there is a thin line between aspergers and other forms of autism, certainly in my case. One of the theories is that people with asperges have a normal need for social contacts and my need for social contacts has never been high. Another factor is that the abilities of some people with classic autism have been underestimated to the present day but that's my personal opinion.

Sometimes I recognise myself more in people with classic autism than in aspies.



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11 Mar 2012, 10:24 pm

may be there is some people betwen high fuctioning autism and asperger. But I think most people who have high fuctiontin autism are difernt from aspergers. when I am with peopel with apsergers they say to people that I have a different type of autism than then. they do not want to be compared to me. On here alot of aspergers people say they are the same.

There is a place I somtiems go for time away from here. it is with some people who have me for some time. They have friends with asperger. There was some of there asperger friends there and some NT people there. The people said to the visiters who I was and that I have autism so I will probably not talk to them and that it might seem like they do not exsist to me. They say it is fair to warn people about me. I can then hear the asperger people say to NT people how there autsim is not like my autism. they do not want peopel to think we are the same. here it is different.

But we are different. when we are both in the same room it is very ture. I am smart and most people can not tell. asperger people can just say to people "I have autism but I am smart" I have to take a long tiem to try and say those words and people find it difficutl to understand me. I was not toilet trained until I was 10. I still somtiems have accedents. I am not always awear taht I have pooed. my mum told me my autism is in the middle. she said my autism is not mild and also not sevear.



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11 Mar 2012, 11:29 pm

I think I am on the very mild end of the autistic spectrum, yet I can still relate to HFAs better than NTs. I have other neurological issues (like dyspraxia and depression) that make me disabled, whereas I do not believe my ASD does.

AS and HFA are usually based on a subjective assessment of 'severity' - although, clinically a speech delay rules out AS.


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