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28 Feb 2009, 10:46 am

I am very sorry to bother anyone, however I was blessed by a happy psychological assessment yesterday and the happy lady stated that she believes that I possess High Functioning Autism. May I ask, in my profile, shall I state this as Asperger's Syndrome, Autism or 'Other Autistic Spectrum Disorder'?



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28 Feb 2009, 10:50 am

HFA is very similar to Aspergers, the main difference is a delay in language.



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28 Feb 2009, 10:55 am

Thank you very much simon2wright. ^^ Shall I therefore state that I possess Asperger's Syndrome in the profile may I ask?



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28 Feb 2009, 10:58 am

Depends on what the lady means by 'HF autism'.

If she actually meant HFA (language delay and/or cognitive delay in childhood which those with AS don't have) and if you want to be correct by current definitions of the world's two most important manuals/catalogues of psychiatric disorders, you should pick 'other autism spectrum disorder'.

If she thinks HFA and AS are the same and if you agree with her, you might want to pick one of the options that state you have Asperger's.


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28 Feb 2009, 1:29 pm

^^ Thank you very much Sora and simon2wright, I believe I shall select 'Other Autistic Spectrum Disorder'.



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28 Feb 2009, 1:36 pm

No option for Kanner's? sheesh... Somebody needs to fix that asap!


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28 Feb 2009, 1:52 pm

Callista wrote:
No option for Kanner's? sheesh... Somebody needs to fix that asap!


Is HFA related more with Kanners than Aspergers :? ?



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28 Feb 2009, 1:57 pm

HFA is Kanner's autism, yeah. But Kanner's and Asperger's are so closely related as to make very little difference. Kanner's includes more speech delays and Asperger's excludes people with mental retardation but other than that there's a vast amount of overlap.


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28 Feb 2009, 2:38 pm

Callista wrote:
No option for Kanner's? sheesh... Somebody needs to fix that asap!


And if they're ever plan to be on it, they should also not forget to add the PDD-NOS option. I'd happily pick that one!


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28 Feb 2009, 2:40 pm

Yes, you shouldn't have to pick "other ASD" unless you have CDD or Rett's, which are uncommon enough that we'd probably have only a dozen people with those anyway.


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28 Feb 2009, 3:58 pm

An NLD option would be nice, too- or an "Autism Spectrum Cousin", which could include NLD, ADHD, and maybe even OCD or Tourette's.


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01 Mar 2009, 12:53 am

"HFA" is the same thing as "LFA", except the IQ is over 70. Symptom severity tends to be worst in "LFA", which they attribute to the lower IQ, but current thinking is that it's the severity of the symptoms that make someone have a low IQ in autism, rather than the traditional form of mental retardation (Cohen).

Over-focusing and over-sensitivity to the world are greater in LFA, so to speak.



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01 Mar 2009, 1:59 pm

I’ve always thought that HFA had more things in common with Aspergers than LFA, maybe because Tony Attwood is oriented to consider AS and HFA the same disease. Then the principal difference seems to be language delay, since IQ and language are normal in both diseases. That made me think that Aspergers is a subgroup of HFA, a sort of HFA without language delay.