Current trends in psychological research on children with high-functioning autism and Asperger disorder

  title={Current trends in psychological research on children with high-functioning autism and Asperger disorder},
  author={Connie Kasari and Erin J Rotheram-Fuller},
  journal={Current Opinion in Psychiatry},
Purpose of review This review explores current trends in the literature during 2004 on psychological studies of children with high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome. Studies are reviewed that examine diagnostic dilemmas and methodological concerns, cognitive and social deficits, and interventions. Recent findings There is considerable debate over the distinction between high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome, but few studies find support for separate disorders. Most studies… 
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Emanuel Miller lecture: confusions and controversies about Asperger syndrome.
  • U. Frith
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines
  • 2004
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