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Old 12-13-2014, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Utopian Slums View Post
My Thoughts:

Aspy is overdiagnosed (not "all the time" of course)

A percentage of those w AS most likely have "schizophrenia w negative features" (but AS is more socially acceptable and therefor more diagnosed.

[ One study: The relationship between Asperger's syndrome and schizophrenia in a... - PubMed - NCBI ]

Autism is overdiagnosed (not "all the time" of course)

Parents prefer the word "autism" over "mental retardation" (less stigma, almost to the point of "trendy" at times) so they use it incorrectly.

Many are dx as "autistic" to get early intervention when MR is their primary dx.
Autism and mental retardation are not the same thing. True, unlike Rainman stereotypes, there is a much higher prevalance of mental retardation in people diagnosed with autism. Most of us parents are well aware and not ashamed of that, it is a reality.

It is likely my child has a degree of mental retardation but there are autistics who do not have this. Due to impairment of verbal and social cues, it is easy to assume they are mentally retarded if you do not get your expected responses.

My son has progressed from severe to moderate levels of autism with intensive (live/breath/eat/constant) therapy and intervention.

I do wonder about overdiagnosis. I admit, it frustrates to see typical 40 year old adults suddenly state they are autistic. Hmm. But whatever, "high functioning" or Aspergers is a world I envy at our stage, so I'll leave it to others to fret over.
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Old 12-15-2014, 12:21 AM
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Autism and MR are not the same but they often overlap.
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