Oh, who am I kidding? A is a pretty easy letter for me to blab on about. Asperger's starts with A, as does autism. So, this post is going to address the issue of Asperger's and autism.
Many people are confused about Asperger's and whether it's a form of autism. This is actually pretty widely debated. Some states like California and Texas don't consider Asperger's to be a form of autism. So, if you live in these two states and get a diagnoses of Asperger's, you may not get the services you need, such as behavior therapy.
The general consensus is that Asperger's is a form of autism. The main difference is that a person with Asperger's is not speech delayed while a child with autism is. This is the main difference. Other people believe that kids with Asperger's tend to have an either average or above average I.Q. while kids with other forms of autism have an average or below average I.Q. I'm not sure this is the case. I've met many kids with high-functioning autism who do not present any differently than a child with Asperger's once they acquire language. Also, for the kids who remain non-verbal, the I.Q. tests are based on spoken language, so I don't think the I.Q. is properly measured for these kids.
Partly because of the confusion of Asperger's and the fact that its diagnosis may curtail services to some kids, the American Psychiatric Association may be doing away with the diagnosis in 2012. This is somewhat controversial because many people who are diagnosed with Asperger's like their Asperger label and don't want to be considered autistic. Nevertheless, I think it will be a good change because it will help all kids on the spectrum get the help they need.
Even though the official diagnosis may go away, will the term Asperger's go away? I highly doubt it! I think people with Asperger's will still use the label!
Many famous, successful people are suspected of being on the spectrum. Here is a list of some people suspected of having Asperger's or high-functioning autism:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
I hope this post has helped clarify some misconceptions about Asperger's and autism!