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Aspergers Syndrome

What is the mildest form of autism?

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2009-10-02 18:06:14

Some would claim that 'Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not

Otherwise Specified' (PDD-NOS) or 'Atypical Autism' is the least

severe (note: I did not use the term 'mildest' as Autism is never

mild) form of Autism, but it has become widely acknowledged of

recent that these separate categories are best included under the

heading of 'Asperger's Syndrome' as there are no real valid reasons

left existing for them to have separate labels.

More and more, professionals are realising that the differences

between people with Asperger's syndrome, and their developmental

differences especially, are the result of the myriad of strategies

such people employ to cope in an often hostile or aversive world, a

result of the unlikeliness of any given person with AS being

influenced much by those around them, a result of the wide range of

impacts their environments and upbringing have on them. E.g. it is

possible for a person to be mute at one end of the Asperger's

spectrum and yet another to be prosaically articulate and

exceedingly verbose at the other end. With every permutation

imaginable between.

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