What’s the Difference Between Autism and Asperger’s? | Psych in 60


What’s the Difference Between Autism and Asperger’s?

Autism and Asperger’s: Are they the same? Are they different? What does that mean? It’s somewhat of a hard question to answer, but here’s my shot.

A lot of people use these terms interchangeably and a lot has happened with the removal of the term “Aspergers” from the DSM-IV. I still use the terms “Asperger’s” and “Autism”, but I prefer to use the word “The Spectrum”.

The way I translate the spectrum is by using something called “The Lemon Continuum”.

It means you have a glass of water, a glass of water with a lemon on the side, lemon-flavored water, lemonade, a lemon, and a lemon farm. This is less-more, not good or bad and you can place people along this lemon continuum.

So what I refer to the spectrum, Autism, and Asperger’s is typically: “how much lemon in the water do you have?”

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Dr. Frank Gaskill
Dr. Frank Gaskill is a licensed psychologist and co-founder of Southeastpsych.com and Shrinktank.com. He works with individuals on the Autism spectrum and consults on the development of Autism programs and private practice development across the country. Dr. Gaskill is the co-author of Max Gamer: Aspie Superhero as well as How We Built Our Dream Practice: Innovative Ideas for Building Yours.


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