Autism and Asperger’s are often spoken in the same light, when there are in fact many differences between the two. What are the major differences? Here are three key distinctions:
Children with autism are often seen as “uninterested” in socializing with others, but this isn’t the case with Asperger’s syndrome. Individuals with Asperger’s want to fit in; however, sometimes they struggle to find the best way to do so. Those with Asperger’s might make eye contact, while those with autism do not in many situations.
In Asperger’s, there is no speech delay – an individual with this syndrome can simply carry a conversation using a large vocabulary. However, speech might not come easy to those with autism. Sometimes they find the right words to use or do not speak at all.
Another difference between Asperger’s syndrome and autism is that individuals with autism can experience a cognitive delay. But a person with Asperger’s cannot have a “clinically significant” cognitive delay – most posses an average to above average intelligence. This also applies to motor skills.
Debra Solomon, founder of Spectrum Strategies sees the strengths in each and every individual with Asperger’s syndrome and autism. Debra is focused on training young adults on the Autism Spectrum and with Asperger’s to accomplish life and career goals, no matter how big or small. She believes that through determination and commitment, every client has the ability to live life to the fullest potential. Call (516) 822-3150 for your one on one and let’s get you reaching for the stars!