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.”
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.
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