Asperger Syndrome and Its Difference from Autism, ADHD, and Other Developmental Disorders, Says the Doctor
BONSERNEWS.com – Asperger Syndrome is a developmental condition that is often associated with autism spectrum.
Oftentimes, Asperger’s Syndrome survivors don’t want to be categorized as an Autism Spectrum Disorder, even though ASD is the more official diagnosis since the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5) was published in 2013.
So what makes Asperger’s Syndrome different from other ASD conditions and even different from similar developmental disorder conditions such as ADHD?
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Let’s look at Dr. Sheldon Horowitz on Asperger’s Syndrome and how it differs from other developmental disorders.
Doctor Sheldon Horowitz in his explanation on the YouTube channel The National Centers for Learning Disabilities explains that Asperger’s Syndrome is part of the Autism Spectrum Disorder and has characteristics similar to Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD.
Like other survivors diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or ASD, people with Asperger’s Syndrome also have problems with social interaction and problems with sensitivity to stimuli from outside their bodies.
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Often people with ASD and Asperger’s Syndrome cannot read social interaction, especially non-verbal communication such as facial expressions, gestures, and eye contact.
In addition, people with ASD and Asperger’s Syndrome are also often overly sensitive to stimuli that come from outside their bodies such as light, touch, sound, texture, and taste.
As with other groups diagnosed with ASD, survivors of Asperger’s Syndrome also often have poor body coordination so that they often have problems with balance.
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People with Asperger’s Syndrome may be good at some individual sports, but are very weak at team sports which require body coordination and cooperation with others.
As is the case with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, survivors of Asperger’s Syndrome often find it difficult to adapt to changing activities, especially when they are used to a previous routine.