[quote="yellowdaisy, post:7, topic:182149"]
Im really really surprised that your psychologist would consider asperger's a type of autism! I do realize its the commonly accepted vernacular by the general populace, however, it is very scientifically inaccurate. Our neurologist was the first person to explain the difference to us-- and upon further research, we corroborated that she is correct!
(side note-- spectrum mommas-- PLEASE see a neurologist in addition to your psychologist! We recieved differeing diagnosis from each and after much evaluation, the neuro was right. It's a really good idea to have two sets of diagnosing eyes working together!)
Autism is a PDD. Asperger's is ANOTHER PDD, Rhett's is a third, Childhood Disintigrative Disorder is a fourth, and PDD-Not Otherwise Specified is the fifth. These are the catergories of the National Institute of Mental Health, officially.
What I'm "getting at" is simple-- to educate the general populace about Autism, and what IS and IS NOT autism. Aspeger's is not autism. It's not "high functioning" autism. It's treated a LOT differently, and the prognosis are a lot different.
Many people (who are wrong) believe that the "autism spectrum" means that there are varying degrees of autism from mild to severe. While it is TRUE that there are varying degress of severeness, it is INACCURATE to place the other four PDD spectrum disorders into this mix. They are not autism.
So whenthe OP says that these people have autism, I have to assume he means true, Kanner's Autism. In which case, it is very likely that the people in question do NOT live independently. Which thus raises my questions of whether or not they are able to make their own legal decisions. Etc etc...
I wasn't implying anything about you or your children or your parenting. Just that your question represents common misconceptions about Autism and PDD Spectrum disorders. Perhaps in your part of the country, the mental health professionals use the common vernacular instead of hte scientific terms. In my part of the country, (or my county anyway), they do not.
I'm not sure of their exact neurological diagnosis, I am only told enough to ensure their safety in my workplace and their academic and physical goals. None of the kids are not severely disabled to the point of non-function. They do, however, range from severe learning disabilities, mild/medium autistic, and brain damage.
The two in question are both are great people. They both have good language skills, for autistic people. You ask them a "prompt" question and get an honest answer, eg "How was your weekend" but you couldn't ask them if they liked the song on the radio (although they could likely identify the artist, where the artist was born, and every band member and instrument).
Good qualities aside. "Pete" is easily distracted, prone to loud outbursts, and isn't great handling money. "Jane" is good at handling money, "trainable" but sassy...hard to be patient with on occasion. They'd always need some sort of assistance...for long-term money planning, bill paying and to remind them that they needed new clothes or to help them through any transition.
However, as I mentioned, they are extremely intellegent about certian things. And I wondered if they lived 200 years ago if people really would of said much about it....they could of farmed and led a simple life without much interference from an outside guardian so long as they grew and did the same exact thing year to year and had someone who'd look out and make sure they were not cheated.