As I read articles about Aspergers, I have to question if there are different levels of Aspergers? My son does not have extreme behavior however I also have to ask if some of the behavior training I have drilled into him is showing more now as he ages. Some of the stories that I read seem extreme. I can think of extreme behaviors that he has displayed and lack of reasoning skills that he has shown, social issues but still I wonder if he was dx incorrectly or am I just grasping at straws?
Health care providers think of autism as a “spectrum” disorder, a group of disorders with similar features. One person may have mild symptoms, while another may have serious symptoms. But they both have an autism spectrum disorder. Different people with an autism spectrum disorder can have very different symptoms.
Currently, the autism spectrum disorder category includes Autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. In some cases, health care providers use a broader term, pervasive developmental disorder, to describe autism. This category includes the autism spectrum disorders above, plus Childhood Disintegrative Disorder and Rett syndrome.
Aspergers can range from mild to severe. A person might have a few traits of Aspergers, or might have a large number of traits, and each of these traits can range from mild to severe. So, some people with Aspergers have only minor difficulties functioning in society while others need someone to help with most aspects of life.
Some people have all of the criteria for Aspergers that are quite severe and very noticeable …and some people might not get diagnosed until they are a teenager (or even later) because they were thought of as just being 'shy' or 'eccentric'. Some people with Aspergers can't get a job, can't live on their own, can't drive, can't have a relationship and don't have any friends …and some are married and have children, can drive and have a few friends (but still have the social problems and obsessive interests/routines that are part of Aspergers).
The Aspergers Comprehensive Handbook