Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are a group of problems that share some core features, including difficulties with social interaction, language, communication, and the presence of restrictive or repetitive patterns of behaviour. Once thought to be quite rare, ASDs are now recognized to affect approximately one percent of the population. Autism symptoms can vary widely in severity. People with more severe autism can have profound impairment in intellectual and language functioning. The terms Asperger’s syndrome and high-functioning autism have been used to describe autism spectrum disorders in which people have difficulties with social functioning and social communication without impairment in intellectual and language functioning.
People with Asperger’s/high-functioning autism can be intelligent and successful. Unlike other people with autism, they want to interact and be involved with others. However, they often struggle with and are frustrated in their interactions with others due to problems with:
People with Asperger’s/high-functioning autism experience difficulties and stress because they lack a number of important skills. Fortunately, skills are teachable and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help people to learn:
The symptoms of Asperger’s/high-functioning autism often occur along with other problems. A proper and thorough differential diagnostic assessment by a psychiatrist or psychologist is the first step towards effective help.
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Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.
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The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete an undergraduate degree that includes 360 hours (total) of training and education. In contrast, to become a psychologist in Ontario the... Read More