Why Is There Confusion About Whether or Not Conditions Such as Asperger Syndrome Should Be Included in the Autism Spectrum Disorder Category?

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Dr. Drew Rubin

Although considerable research has been done in the area of autism, it is relatively new and needs more time and continued studies to better understand it. What most people don’t realize is that there is a wide range of conditions that can be included in the autism spectrum.

They are also referred to with different names and it may be just as difficult to differentiate the two as it is to understand their similarities. The Asperger diagnosis sometimes simply lumps people into “what they are not.” If a child lacks the ability to initiate or maintain a conversation, they do not meet the diagnostic requirement for autism. The precedence has been to diagnose Asperger’s if the subject does not meet this simple qualification, so you can see how this can be very unclear. Many children without either could fail to meet the standard of being able to initiate or maintain a conversation. There should be great emphasis placed on a facility’s ability to understand the difference through clinical and scientific based methods.

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The Distinction Between The Two Is Blurred

You can see how many kids are lumped into this area of the spectrum simply because they do not fit into other areas. The current criteria between the two areas of concern, generally is inconsistent. The best predictor of their diagnosis is dependent on which clinic they go to instead of the characteristic of the individuals themselves. This is really not a benefit to the child, nor does it offer an effective solution for future treatments. There is so much new development in these related fields, having a specialist that is current in scientific treatment is imperative. For more information about transitional living, call a professional advisor at (877) 763-5102.