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Some workers are mainly interested in discrete categories. They look for defining criteria and exclude individuals who do not precisely fit, leaving them and their families without any explanation or help for their difficulties. Others are inclined to see everything as part ofa seamless continuum THE HISTORY OF ASPERGER SYNDROME 25 but this can also deny access to useful information and treatment. A more constructive approach is to recognize similarities across the autistic spectrum while searching for useful ways to subdivide for particular purposes, reserving judgment on all of the categories that have so far been suggested.
Although the degree of association varies from minor to major, none invariably THE HISTORY OF ASPERGER SYNDROME 21 results in an autistic disorder, and none is associated with anyone specific subgroup of the autistic spectrum. A second possibility is that the syndrome has a specific type of neuropathology. The neurological basis of Asperger syndrome is being investigated and, at the time of writing, no conclusions have been reached. Third, a consistent and unique pattern of psychological dysfunction would justify regarding the cluster of features described by Asperger as a specific syndrome.
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Asperger Syndrome or High-Functioning Autism? by Eric Schopler, Gary B. Mesibov, Linda J. Kunce