Podcast 21: Autism and Functioning Labels

In this episode, I break down what I found in my research on autism and functioning labels. But before we get into the nitty gritty of that discussion, it’s important to note one thing: these words are not an exact science! Yes, there is data out there about how autistic individuals function within society but labeling a child as high-functioning or low-functioning might be harmful because they could feel like their identity isn’t enough if just being told “you’re too low.”

What Does Mild Autism Mean?

Autism Functioning Labels

Stephen Hawking Wikipedia

Standard Tests Underestimate Nonverbal Children With Autism

DSM-5 Autism Levels

Autism Speaks Nonverbal Autism Study

Philip Reyes’ Blog

Researchers: Don’t Use Term “High Functioning Autism”

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Amy Nielsen

Amy Nielsen is a former children's librarian of nearly twenty years. She now spends most of her time obsessively pounding on a keyboard. She is the author of It Takes a Village: How to Build a Support System for Your Exceptional Needs Family, Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Her upcoming YA Worth it debuts in May of 2024. She is also a freelance writer for The Autism Helper. When she's not writing, she and her family are most likely crusing the waters of Tampa Bay.