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Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome … What are they?

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome … What are they?

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  • Autism is a developmental disorder that affects socialization and communication, while Asperger’s syndrome is part of the autism spectrum, often associated with normal to higher IQs.
  • Both conditions have overlapping similarities, and there is ongoing debate about whether they should be separate diagnoses.
  • Autism affects more boys than girls, with over 2 million people in the U.S. having autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and one in 59 of them being children.
  • Symptoms of autism include social challenges, communication difficulties, repetitive behavior, disinterest in people, speech delays, and difficulty reading body language.
  • Treatment for autism involves therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy, support groups, speech therapy, and social skill training, as well as managing related symptoms such as anxiety and depression. Parents should provide a safe, structured environment and seek educational resources and support for their child with autism.

Dr. Kenneth Roberson

Dr. Kenneth Roberson is an Adult Autism Psychologist in San Francisco with over 30 years of experience. Click below to ask a question or schedule an appointment.

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