What’s the Difference Between Asperger Syndrome (AS) and Autism?

They are so close in symptoms that it is hard to tell them apart but there are some guidelines available to help. It is that relationship between them and the outward signals that can be more easily understood. While one in 100 Australians suffer from Autism it appears that a lot more can be autistic, even without knowing it. They can both lead full anc active lives under the right conditions.

The autistic child will have early symptoms showing in his brain development. They lean towards repetitive behaviour and restricted movements and interests. Some children will hit the wall constantly with their hand, others with their heads. They lack skills for social communication and interaction so they tend to be loners who are happier on their own.

It’s a lifelong condition and basically affects how they relate to their environment and to other people. They may also have an intense interest in one specific subject matter. They can also have sensitivity to particular sounds that make them scream out or hide. That can be anything from a car horn, vacuum cleaner, or someone yelling.

They can also be sensitive to textures. This makes it difficult with the wearing of some clothing that may upset them. That doesn’t even have to be on them. It is apparently four times more likely to affect boys than girls.

The Asperger’s child is slightly different although it is referred to lately as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It does not normally show up in the young child who may start to develop normally without language delay. That means it is not normally diagnosed in early childhood and may even escape notice entirely until after puberty or early adulthood.

Many adults may not be aware of it until relationship issues arise. Although there is no proof at this stage that there is a genetic link many researchers believe there is. That is based on the fact that it runs in families. This is an area being worked on at the moment to try to figure out which gene is affected.

Meanwhile we can see from this brief analysis that both Asperger’s and autism may have similar outcomes but are widely different in their symptoms, at least in the early years.