Forum: Children with Developmental Delays and Disorders
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My son was diagnosed with mild autism or high functioning autism, where my Daughter was diagnosed with Asperger's.
Is Mild autism or HFA the same as Asperger's or related? I found some articles online that mention HFA and Asperger's in the same sentence.
My daughter and my son are very different from each other. I am thinking of challenging my daughter's diagnosis if I am allowed to do that. I do not want her to be labled if it's not a true diagnosis based on 2 appontments by a Dr. who does not even know her.
People with Asperger's tend not to have any speech related problems but show some of the characteristics of someone with autism.
I don't know anything about challenging a diagnosis. With it, many other avenues regarding treatment are open and available to the parent for the child.
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Yes, HFA and Asperger's Syndrome are related. As far as being the same thing, thats a matter of controversy and it depends on who you talk to or what research you read. Here's a link to better describe Asperger's Syndrome http://www.udel.edu/bkirby/asperger/aswhatisit.html
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My son has been given both diagnoses HFA and Asperger's within days of each other so YES they are very close to being the same thing and are both on the autism spectrum. The difference, for my son anyway, was that on the day we were given Asperger's his eye contact was very good, the HFA day it wasn't very good.
As far as kids with Asperger's not having language problems that isn't true, my son's first diagnosis was Semantic Pragmatic disorder (I think its called expressive-receptive language disorder as well) so he was well and truly language disordered, it was so severe he was put in a special school for kinder for his language problems and not because of his autism.
An autism diagnosis is a fluid thing, kids do normally change as they develop and grow older and it's very common to get different labels so if you want another assessment done it's not unreasonable to ask.