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Beyond Kanner and Asperger: Part 8 – CLOSING THE CIRCLE

December 14th, 2015 by drcoplan

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Dr. Coplan returns to Silberman’s Neurotribes, in his discussion of the 3D universe of Atypicality, IQ, and Age.

I began this thread several weeks back, with a discussion of Steve Silberman’s book, Neurotribes. Silberman (and others, including myself) have rightly observed that people with mild atypicality have been with us all along, flying under the radar of an autism spectrum diagnosis. That led into a discussion of my 3D model of ASD, which integrates Atypicality, IQ, and Age into a 3-dimensional “developmental universe,” within which we can readily discern the different “constellations” (or, to borrow Silberman’s term, “neurotribes”) of persons on the spectrum: “High” and “Low” Functioning Autism, Asperger Syndrome, and Intellectual Disability with mild Atypicality, as well as “Borderland” diagnoses such as Nonverbal Learning Disability and Sensory Processing Disorder.  Read the rest of this entry »


Beyond Kanner and Asperger, Part 7: ASD in 3D

November 30th, 2015 by drcoplan

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Dr. Coplan introduces his 3D model encompassing ASD, IQ, and Time (Age).

In the preceding posts in this thread, I dealt with items 1- 6 in my list of basic principles:

  1. Atypicality exists in various degrees, from profound to minimal.

  2. There is no clear boundary between atypical and “normal.” Rather, atypical traits are distributed throughout the entire population.

  3. General Intelligence (IQ) is a separate property from atypicality.

  4. Atypicality of any degree can co-exist with any level of general intelligence.

  5. At any given age, the clinical picture is determined by the joint impact of the degree of atypicality and the level of general intelligence.

  6. Atypicality has a natural history of improvement over time, irrespective of treatment.

And if you have looked at the second video in this series, you already know what’s coming:
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