How Is High-Functioning Autism Defined?

Diagnosing a child with high-functioning autism can prove challenging because these children tend to have only a few developmental differences and generally function well across multiple areas. It can be particularly difficult for parents to pick up on the possible signs of high-functioning autism when these children display higher intelligence and certain advanced skills that are ahead of the targets for their age groups.

Every child with high-functioning autism is unique. One child might be able to complete daily tasks, display affection toward family members, and use age-appropriate language, yet not be able to play with peers or maintain a conversation. Another child might have age-appropriate academic skills, yet display substantial speech and language delays. Parents who suspect a possible developmental disorder in their children should keep careful track of their observances.

Have you noticed possible signs of autism in your child? Call The Behavior Exchange today at (888) 716-8084 to schedule a consult with a board-certified behavior analyst near the DFW area.

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