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is autism the same as aspergers

No. Autistic Disorder is not the same as Asperger's syndrome.
Asperger's syndrome
Asperger's syndrome

Asperger's syndrome, an autism spectrum disorders (ASD) characterized by difficulties in social interaction and by restricted, stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests and activities

autistic Disorder
autistic Disorder

autism, a brain development disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior

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