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Autism and Asperger’s May Be Different Disorders

Autism spectrum disorders and Asperger’s syndrome have long been lumped together, although they have different names. Both are developmental disorders that affect the way in which a child relates to the world. Recently, psychiatric experts made their connection official by declaring that Asperger’s is a type of autism.

The declaration has proven to be controversial and has generated a lot of discussion. Now, new research is uncovering important differences between autism and Asperger’s. The results are helping the critics prove their point: Asperger’s needs to be kept as a separate disorder from those of the autism spectrum.

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