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Studies in the Differences Between Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Profile Diversity

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Can Asperger syndrome be distinguished from autism? An anatomic likelihood meta-analysis of MRI studies

November 2011 – Read Full Article

Kevin K. Yu, BSc,* Charlton Cheung, PhD,* Siew E. Chua, BM BCh, and Gráinne M. McAlonan, MBBS, PhD

 Conclusion

“Whereas grey matter differences in people with Asperger syndrome compared with controls are sparser than those reported in studies of people with autism, the distribution and direction of differences in each category are distinctive.”

 Breakdown of Differences

Autism
 
 
Right Uncus (Ataxis, Motor Skills, Aphasia Receptive and Expressive)
 
 
Middle Temporal Gyrus (Aphasia, Alexia, Writing and Comprehending Words, Visual-Verbal Agnosia)
 
Frontal Lobe (Executive Functioning)
 
Temporal Lobe (indicating Left Hemisphere Neglect,  Language Aphasia, Auditory agnosias, Visual agnosias and Hemispatial neglect)
 
Aspergers
 
 
Hippocampus (Spacial Awareness – Dyspraxia)
 
Prefontal Cortex/Lobe (Executive Functioning)
 
Lingual Gyrus (Logical Processing of Language – Visual Thought, Literal Thinking/Processing)
 
 
Donna Williams 2011Aspinauts – Mix of Both Profiles
 
This is a term coined by Donna Williams to explain a person’s profile which has both aspects and presentations of Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. This is a very important point to make as it further indicates the diversity within the presentations of autism.
 
Moving Forward
 
This is very important to see, understand ans process the important differences between Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and people who have a mixture of both. As a person with Autism (as opposed to AS) and a Learning Disability this is very important for me on a personal level also – it helps me understand myself. Hopefully this will help others in the process to empower and educate. 🙂
 
Paul Big Legs
 
Paul Isaacs
 
Adult with Autism 2014
 
 

 

 
 
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Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

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