Originally Posted by catmcphatter
what are the differences between autism and learning disabilitiy
Autism is a developmental disablity. This means it effects more overall functioning then a learning disability. A learning disability typically effects one aspect of a person ability to function. Such as they they are unable to read or comprehend what they read. Perhaps math is a something they are unable to grasp. It is a specific subject matter.
In autism, the overall functioning is impaired. However, there are splinter skills , meaning a person does have strenghs, that can be very big. Such as memory, Art skills. However, the same person has no idea of telling time, what day it is, endlessly repeats and obsessess over topics that he is only interested in , flaps his hands when excited, spins around in circles outside, talks way too loud, in a monotone voice , and is easily angered. This is a person who is on the high end of autism. I just gave you an example of what my own son is like , he is nearly 16 now. My nephew is learning disabled, and 3 year younger then my son. My nephew is far more advanced then my son! It hurts me to know this! However, moy son has cognitive delays as well. I do not realise the difference between the two, until I am around my nephew , then I can tell .