Essay on Asperger 's Syndrome On The Autistic Spectrum

1152 Words May 26th, 2016 null Page
This person was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome about nine years ago. The problem with this condition back then was not a lot of people knew much about it. No one really knows how prevalent AS is; perhaps one in every 250 people has AS and 80% our boys. Dr. Tony Attwood estimates that as many as 50% of people with AS remain undiagnosed, in part because AS has only recently been publicly recognized. It became an official diagnosis in the United States in 1994 with the DSM-IV making it a separate disorder from autism. The DSM-IV criteria for Asperger’s specified that the individual must have “severe and sustained impairment in social interaction, and the development of restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, interests and activities that must cause clinically significant impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning.” But in 2013 in DSM-5, it was relabeled as a less severe form of autism. This put Asperger’s Syndrome on the autistic spectrum. The biggest distinction between Asperger’s Disorder and autism concerns cognitive ability. While some individuals with autism have intellectual disabilities, by definition, a person with Asperger’s Disorder cannot have a “clinically significant” cognitive delay, and most possess average to above-average intelligence. Some of the characteristics opeople with Asperger’s are poor social skills and a specialized interest in some subject. These people have been called “little professors” because of this…

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