Autism and Asperger’s syndrome are two psychiatric conditions that share several common features.
Difference Between Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome
Autism: Autism is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by great difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
Asperger’s Syndrome: Asperger’s Syndrome is a developmental disorder related to autism and characterized by awkwardness in social interaction, pedantry in speech, and preoccupation with very narrow interests.
2) Severity of Signs and Symptoms
Autism: Autistic children have severe symptoms and signs compared to children with Asperger’s syndrome.
Asperger’s Syndrome: Children with Asperger’s syndrome have very mild symptoms and signs compared to Autistic children. In fact, an Asperger’s child will often look just like a normal child with a quite different behavior.
3) Social Interactions
Autism: Children with Autism usually prefer to stay isolated from the society since they are aloof and uninterested in things happening around
Asperger’s Syndrome: Children with Asperger’s highly prefer to move along with the society and interact although they don’t really know how to. Therefore they would tend to face awkward situations usually as a result of lack of knowledge in social norms and may show a lack of empathy towards others.
4) Language Skills
Autism: Children with autism tend to have a language delay or start talking later in life.
Asperger’s Syndrome: Children with Asperger’s Syndrome display good language skills although they might use the language in different ways.
The main difference between Autism and Asperger’s syndrome has been identified to be the severity of signs and symptoms and delay in language. Children with Asperger’s syndrome have very mild symptoms and signs compared to Autistic children with a comparatively normal language, intelligence and cognitive skills.
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