Many with Asperger's syndrome resist ...

Many with Asperger's syndrome resist proposed change in diagnos...

There are 22 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Feb 15, 2010, titled Many with Asperger's syndrome resist proposed change in diagnos.... In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

In the autism world, people with Asperger's syndrome are sometimes seen as the elites, the ones who are socially awkward, yet academically gifted and who embrace their quirkiness.

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Brent

United States

#1 Feb 16, 2010
Seems like people with "Aspergers" regard themselves as superior to people with Mild Autism. They should be ashamed of themselves!
John

United States

#4 Feb 17, 2010
Jim you are wrong. The parent of the Aspergers child is smearing children with autism by saying that her children would be ruined by being labeled autistic. She should be ashamed of herself. Where did you get your medical degree? They are all on the spectrum, that is why it is called a spectrum disorder. I think Brent was trying to say that the group looking down on another group should be ashamed, and they should be. Grow up Jim.
Donna

Whitney, TX

#6 Feb 19, 2010
As a parent of a child with Asperger's Syndrome I am a bit concerned that many children will not be diagnosed properly. My son is very smart and often amazes me with his mind, but he is completely clueless when it comes to having relationships with others. This is just one of many issues an Asperger's child faces. I hope this is a change for the better!
Ausbildung ist Schlussel

Westford, MA

#7 Feb 19, 2010
Sounds like a very Asperger's thing for those will Asperger's to say. hahaha
a teacher

Jamaica Plain, MA

#8 Feb 19, 2010
as a teacher, who has all ranges of the spectrum in my class, I can assure you that changing the diagnosis will not change a thing. It is quite obvious that the same social issues are an issue. While some aspergers kids may be very smart, in fact, many of them are quite average with some very strong relative skills(much like other children). The very thing that impacts their success, socializalization, is the major thing that impacts their success.

Call it whatever you want, it is still autism.
Ausbildung ist Schlussel

Westford, MA

#10 Feb 20, 2010
Jody wrote:
Autism and Asperger are two totally seperate things. Much like apples and oranges.
Ahhh, but apples and oranges are both fruits.
teacher

Lawrence, MA

#11 Feb 20, 2010
Ausbildung ist Schlussel wrote:
<quoted text>
Ahhh, but apples and oranges are both fruits.
Good point.
Ausbildung ist Schlussel

Westford, MA

#15 Feb 20, 2010
I don't make the rules about fruits I just follow them.
Frank Martin DiMeglio

Towson, MD

#16 Mar 23, 2010
The integrated extensiveness of thought is improved in the truly superior mind. That is important. Emotion that is comprehensive and balanced advances consciousness.
Donna

Simms, TX

#17 Mar 23, 2010
The point I'm trying to make about misdiagnosis is that the term "mild autism" with reference to Asperger's Syndrome is used very frequently already. If you are a parent of a child with Asperger's you know that often people look upon the difficulty with social behavior in children with "mild autism" or Asperger's Syndrome as a "discipline problem", especially among teachers and those who are not aware of the problem. I just hope that when doctors make their diagnosis' they treat every child as a unique individual and take into account that every case of Autism is as unique as the child who has it. One size does not fit all!
Srs

Lansing, MI

#19 Dec 7, 2010
Fixing the way diagnosis is done would've been more useful.

Yes there are some children who are labeled autistic and then grow up and are intelligent and successful BUT maybe these children were diagnosed wrong and should've been called Asperger's.

The most severe ASD cases compare to the most mild like apples and oranges. On the one end some never speak, never are toilet-trained, and spend their entire lives in institutions. On the other end some are not only intelligent and successful but even achieve social success and are even appreciated by their friends for their weirdness.

Take a brief description of the mildest and most severe cases of spectrum disorders, mix and match, and present them to aliens the aliens would never pair up the two ends of "autism". They might even be puzzled that the milder one is part of a disorder at all.

It's nonsensicle to call them the same disorder. Instead better guidelines about differentiating between Asperger's and Autism should be in order maybe with an intermediate diagnosis with its own name for cases that start as "autism" that turn into "asperger's".
FBOMBER

Winnipeg, Canada

#21 Apr 17, 2011
Frank Martin DiMeglio wrote:
The integrated extensiveness of thought is improved in the truly superior mind. That is important. Emotion that is comprehensive and balanced advances consciousness.
Get a new dictionary or something?
FBOMBER

Winnipeg, Canada

#22 Apr 17, 2011
Donna wrote:
As a parent of a child with Asperger's Syndrome I am a bit concerned that many children will not be diagnosed properly. My son is very smart and often amazes me with his mind, but he is completely clueless when it comes to having relationships with others. This is just one of many issues an Asperger's child faces. I hope this is a change for the better!
Diagnosed properly? They are vaccine damaged, and thats the proper diagnosis.
Idea Maker

Grand Rapids, MI

#23 Sep 30, 2011
asperger's syndrome is a form of autism

many autistics are retarded

but those with high-functioning autism and asperger's syndrome are NOT retarded

thus, the confusion
FBOMBER

Winnipeg, Canada

#24 Oct 1, 2011
Idea Maker wrote:
asperger's syndrome is a form of autism
many autistics are retarded
but those with high-functioning autism and asperger's syndrome are NOT retarded
thus, the confusion
Thanks Doctor Duh.
Idea Maker

Grand Rapids, MI

#25 Oct 1, 2011
someone on this post said "Call it whatever you want, it is still autism."

i thought that sounded ignorant

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#26 Oct 2, 2011
According to the current DSM, asperger's is a form of Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and it is a diagnosis under that category. That is where the confusion is, when people say asperger's is a form of autism. Does that mean asperger's is a form of Retts too? Or childhood disintegrative disorder? Would it then be fair to say autism is a form of asperger's? There's also no such diagnosis as high-functioning autism. That is a descriptive term only, mainly used by schools (I think they invented the term actually; they tell you this just before they deny services).

Mental retardation is a measure of IQ with standardized tests. Many with asperger's and autism do poorly on tests, so they would rate a low IQ but those tests would never depict the true intelligence of those with these disabilities. Behaviors also do not depict MR or IQ.
Idea Maker wrote:
asperger's syndrome is a form of autism
many autistics are retarded
but those with high-functioning autism and asperger's syndrome are NOT retarded
thus, the confusion
FBOMBER

Winnipeg, Canada

#27 Oct 8, 2011
friend wrote:
According to the current DSM, asperger's is a form of Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) and it is a diagnosis under that category. That is where the confusion is, when people say asperger's is a form of autism. Does that mean asperger's is a form of Retts too? Or childhood disintegrative disorder? Would it then be fair to say autism is a form of asperger's? There's also no such diagnosis as high-functioning autism. That is a descriptive term only, mainly used by schools (I think they invented the term actually; they tell you this just before they deny services).
Mental retardation is a measure of IQ with standardized tests. Many with asperger's and autism do poorly on tests, so they would rate a low IQ but those tests would never depict the true intelligence of those with these disabilities. Behaviors also do not depict MR or IQ.
<quoted text>
Thanks Dr Duh.
Joe Krupinski FBombed Out

Sea Cliff, NY

#28 Oct 8, 2011
FBOMBER wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks Dr Duh.
Knocking doctor's statements seems to be your 'thing,' FBomb.'Thanks Dr Duh' is a infractious intrusion on the mentality of your readers here. We are not stupid enough to fall for your self-sustained authoritative stance, as wobbly as it may be. Your demeanor is dull and worthless, so you had better change your tune. Your credibility is diminishing as we speak, FB, as these readers realize slowly but surely what a farce you are. You have met your match, lady, you cannot bullshit a bullshitter. So there.
FBOMBER

Winkler, Canada

#29 Oct 9, 2011
Joe Krupinski FBombed Out wrote:
<quoted text>
Knocking doctor's statements seems to be your 'thing,' FBomb.'Thanks Dr Duh' is a infractious intrusion on the mentality of your readers here. We are not stupid enough to fall for your self-sustained authoritative stance, as wobbly as it may be. Your demeanor is dull and worthless, so you had better change your tune. Your credibility is diminishing as we speak, FB, as these readers realize slowly but surely what a farce you are. You have met your match, lady, you cannot bullshit a bullshitter. So there.
Thanks dopey joe

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