High Functioning Autism Definition and Description

High functioning autism research has given many professionals insight into this disorder. Many believe it should be considered a disorder of its own. It’s seen as different from Asperger’s syndrome, in which many sufferers are better able to function than those with autism disorder.  High functioning autism, HFA, does not occur in people whose IQ is less than seventy-five. Therefore these are people who are able to enter and remain in school until graduation.  People with HFA have a wide range of strengths and weaknesses like any person with autism; they are just able to get by better.

Socially, those diagnosed with high functioning autism, are inept. They try, but the social niceties that children are taught simply do not stick. Therefore, they can inadvertently make social errors without realizing that what they have done is improper. For example, they may just walk into a home, or room, without knocking and not understand someone being upset about it. Social pleasantries like hello or how are you may go unused or unresponded to.  They could be characterized as socially naive and so they are best shielded from others who may take advantage of them.

Sensory overload is definitely a problem even for those who are high functioning. Party situations or just being in a big group of people may prove to be too much for them to deal with.  They may overreact to loud noises. Trying to get a job is another area of difficulty since making eye contract is still a problem. If they are not able to present well then this leads to a lack of income which then means long term government help required though because they are higher functioning they may find themselves denied this help or at least have trouble getting it.

Some people with high functioning autism actually have motor skill difficulties. They may even walk oddly because of coordination problems.  When they are young children they would be called clumsy but as adults this becomes an issue that gets them ridiculed. Frequently they compensate for this by being obsessively neat and organized.

Children who have High Functioning autism may not be diagnosed until they are seven to ten years old. The symptoms are often mistaken for a child who is just developing slower or a child who perhaps is having troubles at home and so acting out at school. But in they end they will do well in school if they are recognized to have HFA and are lucky enough to have good teachers who will take the time to stimulate them and keep them interested in their studies.

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