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 lives in Orlando, Florida. She is the proud mother of four children ranging in age from 5-33! She and her husband, Brent enjoy sports and traveling. Amy is a former teacher with nearly 20 years of experience, a freelance writer, and a special needs advocate. Her mission is to help educate and empower families of children with disabilities to focus on their child's interests and strengths.