How are Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Different?

  Once your child receives a diagnosis, you will have many questions and be looking for the answers. One question that you may have is how is AS different and similar to other autism spectrum disorders? Asperger Syndrome exists as part of the autism spectrum but differs in early development of language from classic autism and other pervasive developmental disorders. …

9 Things People With Autism Wish You Knew

“What is it like to have autism?” “What do you wish people knew about life on the autism spectrum?” “What misconceptions do people have about the disorder?” These are valid questions often asked by neurotypical (NT) individuals, friends, and even family members. But the very nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – being a spectrum – means that the disorder …

Why the Autism Community Needs to Ditch the Terms “High-Functioning” and “Low-Functioning”

When we talk about autism, we often throw around terms like “high-functioning” and “low-functioning” to distinguish between severities. However, these phrases are not actual diagnostic terms. They’re mostly used by teachers, therapists, parents, and others as a shorthand way to describe how severely a person on the spectrum is affected. In spite of the fact that functioning labels are used ubiquitously, …