I am really sorry if this is a "old" topic, but I have been unable to find a thread like this in the archives. Forgive me!
I was wondering if anyone can distinguish Aspbergers v. High Functioning Autism for me. I often see them used almost interchangeably, but what research I have done has shown me that they are actually different.
The reason I am confused is because what I have read indicates that Aspergers kids often have many similar characteristics to HFA kids but are advanced talkers.
Many of the dx I have seen on here and other places has described their kids as speech delayed, or at one time speech delayed, yet end up with an Aspberger dx.
I have worked with some kids that were dx'd with Asp., so I have an idea of what a person with Asp. will behave like. What would be the main difference with a HFA teen or adult?
I have also read a study recently that looked at long-term prognosis for HFA and Asp kids. I don't remember sample numbers, but it looked at independent living in both sets of people. Looked at "Being Employed" and "Living by themselves" as 2 of the main qualifiers.
Of Asp, 80% had one or the other. 50% had both.
Of HFA, 0% had both.
I am not endorsing this information, or making any claims to its validity, so if anyone has serious issues with this, I am not looking to upset anyone. It just happens to be one of the studies I have read. Looking to see what the experts (you guys) think/know.
Thanks guys...Things are still up in the air with my DS, more evals Jan, but trying to educate myself as much as possible. My guy is verbal, but behind the curve, poor articulation, pronoun reversals, and some name self-referencing, but has good receptive language. Even though another set of evals are about 2 weeks away, I am still kinda consumed by all this, and trying to see what info I can find out.