High Functioning Autism

Certain types of high functioning autism are often diagnosed as Aspergers Syndrome and Pervasive Developmental Disorder. Symptoms include delayed or absence of speech, the inability to appropriately relate to others, repetitive movements, such as hand flapping, and an insistence of a routine. With the correct intervention, the higher functioning child with autism can learn to overcome his difficulties and eventually be mainstreamed into a regular classroom. 

 One of the biggest misconceptions of high functioning children with autism is that they are unable to accomplish or learn many tasks as reflected by their low testing IQ scores. This is not the case, since measuring the IQ of such children cannot be done with any degree of accuracy. Many factors, such as distractions in the testing environment as well as their level of hyperactivity may interfere with the test taking. Quite simply, the child with high functioning autism may just require more time to respond along with some visual input to help clarify a question. This is especially true since children with autism tend to think in more visual terms than most people do.

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