Thursday, July 29, 2010

High Functioning Autism (HFA) and Asperger’s Syndrome (AS)

Both HFA and AS are Identified through the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) or ICD-10, World Health Organization

Diagnostician looks at three groups of symptoms to make DSM diagnosis:
*Social interaction

Some traits are common to both HFA, PDD-NOS, and AS

Degree of severity may also vary between HFA, PDD-NOS, and AS

The DSM-IV is in the process of being updated. The term Asperger's may not be included on the new Autism Spectrum, but Asperger-like references might still be used in reports. The changes are not posted as of this writing, but are anticipated for May 2013.

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