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    What are the different types of autism spectrum disorder?

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    Autism Victoria, trading as Amaze, is a member-based not-for-profit organisation and is the peak body for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the state of Victoria. View Profile

    Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) are classified as a group of conditions that vary on a continuum, also referred to as the “spectrum”.

    All ASDs are neurodevelopmental disorders that cause substantial impairments in social interaction and communication and are associated with unusual behaviours and interests.

    There are 3 diagnostic subtypes of ASD:

    * Autistic Disorder;
    * Asperger's Syndrome; and
    * Pervasive Developmental Disorder: Not Otherwise Specified (PDD:NOS).

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    Debra-Ann Tanne

    Speech Pathologist

    I am a speech pathologist working across a range of communication areas, including speech, language, auditory processing, fluency and literacy skills.I am passionate abut optimising … View Profile

    There are not different types of ASD. There is a range of skills and challenges that show variety between different people - this is where the difference comes in. The greatest challenge is to identify accurately the areas of stremgth and weakness for each person so as to plan intervention to best suit their specific needs.

    A one -size - fits -all approach would not be best practise. an indivisual approach is essential to optimise learnirng and gaining of skills.

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    Daniel Wendt


    Mr Daniel Wendt is the Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director of Oracle Psychology. Daniel is a Child and Adolescent Psychologist registered with the Psychology Board … View Profile

    In 2013 a new set of diagnostic terms were released as a part of the updated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual - Fifth Edition (DSM-V). Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been known by many names over the years. Trying to understand how labels like Asperger's, Autism, PDD-NOS and ASD all fit together is sometimes like figuring out a puzzle. I have written an article which explains some of the finer details:

    I hope you fin this helpful. All the best.

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    Shazzy Tharby

    Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Registered Nurse

    No waitlist. Easy referral - please email Medicare referrals can be made by a GP under a Chronic Disease Management Plan Shazzy is a … View Profile

    There is only one 'type' of autism but in DSM these are categorised by levels needing support. Level 1, 2 and 3. However this does not mean someone who appears to be ok is ok and may need as much support as other levels. 

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