The National Autistic Society state that..." Asperger syndrome is a form of Autism, which is a lifelong disability that affects how a person makes sense of the world, processes information and relates to other people....Asperger syndrome is mostly a 'hidden disability'. This means that you can't tell that someone has the condition from their outward appearance."
Myaspergerschild.com lists the main differences between Autism and Aspergers as:
- Aspergers is usually detected later in a child’s life than autism
- Children with Aspergers express a desire to fit in socially, whereas autistic kids gravitate toward complete exclusion and seclusion.
Normal to above average intelligence and language development is common in children with Aspergers.
- Problems with depression are much more common with people who have Aspergers than in those with autism.
- The average age for the diagnosis of Aspergers is 6 to 11, while Autism is usually diagnosed around or before the age of 3.
- Those with Aspergers tend to know that they have social challenges and sometimes suffer anxiety and depression related to these problems.
- Verbal IQ is higher than the performance IQ in Aspergers
- With Aspergers, even though speech is sometimes repetitive, the grammar is usually very good.
- Young children with Aspergers reach most developmental milestones within a typical time frame.