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Is high-functioning autism part of the autism spectrum?

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For a long time, only people with very severe symptoms were diagnosed with autism. Starting in the 1990s, milder forms were recognized, including high-functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome, which share many of the same symptoms.

In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association grouped the autism-related disorders into one term: autism spectrum disorder, or ASD.

From: What is High-Functioning Autism? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Synapse: “High-Functioning Autism.”

The Arc: “Autism and Adult Diagnosis.”

Autism Speaks: “Asperger Syndrome,” “Diagnostic Overview,” “How are Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism Different?”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on November 21, 2016

SOURCES:

Synapse: “High-Functioning Autism.”

The Arc: “Autism and Adult Diagnosis.”

Autism Speaks: “Asperger Syndrome,” “Diagnostic Overview,” “How are Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism Different?”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on November 21, 2016

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