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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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