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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 6/2005

01-12-2005 | Letter to the Editor

Lumpers, Splitters, and Asperger Syndrome

Auteur: Victoria Shea, Ph.D.

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 6/2005

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Although professionals in the field of autism these days often use the term “Autism Spectrum Disorders” (ASD), most of us are not ‘lumpers’ in the sense of minimizing the importance of the many dimensions on which individuals with autism vary. There have been many formal attempts to ‘split’ or identify subtypes within the broad category of Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Efforts along these lines, using various statistical methods and clinical observations, have inevitably pointed to at least two, and often three or four subtypes within the broad spectrum (e.g., Eaves, Ho, & Eaves, 1994; Fein et al., 1999; Lotter, 1966; Prior et al., 1998; Siegel, Anders, Ciaranello, Bienenstock, & Kraemer, 1986) Most often, one of the subtypes was associated with intelligence or language skills (variously defined) in the broadly average range, that is, autism without mental retardation. …
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Metagegevens
Titel
Lumpers, Splitters, and Asperger Syndrome
Auteur
Victoria Shea, Ph.D.
Publicatiedatum
01-12-2005
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 6/2005
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-005-0032-7

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