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Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) include Autism and Asperger Syndrome.  Autism occurs in 1 in 2000, but many others may have mild symptoms.   They are spectrum disorders which mean that there are varying degrees of severity.  Asperger Syndrome is a name used to describe people who function at a much higher level.  There are other forms of High Functioning Autism.   Those with Asperger tend to be of normal or above average intelligence.

ASD are developmental disabilities that will affect the way the person communicates and relates to other people.  These disorders affect the sufferer all their lives.

Areas affected will include social interaction, which causes problems in relationships.  The person appears indifferent to others.   Communication is affected due to the person's inability to correctly interpret non-verbal cues such as gestures, facial expression, tone of voice - and the reluctance to have eye contact with others.  The person may not be able to understand jokes or sarcasm, and interpret the words literally.  The person will often keep to a rigid routine, and have little imagination in activities (or rigid ideas).  Their behaviour is often seen as "odd" and is often repetitive.

These difficulties result in social withdrawal.   The person may also experience problems with their motor skills, and may appear clumsy.  In Autism there is delay or lack of verbal communication (speech), but no such delay in Asperger Syndrome - some of whom may be early talkers and have great verbal ability.

Please use the Links below for Autism and Asperger Syndrome.

 

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Autism

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National Autistic Society 

Autism & Aspergers Factsheet  RCPsych

Autism Independent UK

The Autism File

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Autism UK

What is Autism?

Centre for the Study of Autism

Children with Autism

Autism Europe

Music Therapy & Autism

Autism Connect

Autistics.org

Autism Information Matters

Ooops...Wrong Planet! Syndrome

Seeing Disabilities from a Different Perspective - Info for Children

Autism Society of America

Autism-PDD Resources Network

Autism & Asperger Links

Son-Rise Program

alt.support.autism   Forum

Autism Discussion Forum

Asperger Syndrome

Asperger Syndrome

OASIS   Online Asperger Syndrome Information & Support

ASC-US  Asperger Syndrome Coalition of the US

Asperger Syndrome in Adults

Misdiagnosis 'Ruined a Life'

Little Professor Syndrome

Action for ASD

Ooops...Wrong Planet! Syndrome

Aspergers HomePage

Tony Attwood's Site

Aspie.com

Ben's Asperger Room

Autism & Asperger Links

The Gray Centre

Asperger Syndrome Discussion Forum

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Books

Autism - The Facts
Autism in the Early Years
Autism Through the Lifespan
The Handbook of Autism
Discovering My Autism
Asperger's Syndrome
Pretending to Be Normal
What is Asperger Syndrome and How will it Affect Me?
Books from the National Autistic Society

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