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What does high-functioning autism look like?

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Like all people on the autism spectrum, people who are high-functioning have a hard time with social interaction and communication. They don’t naturally read social cues and might find it hard to make friends. They don’t make much eye contact or small talk. They can get so stressed by a social situation that they shut down.

These people can also be very devoted to routine and order. They might have repetitive and restrictive habits that seem odd to others.

Some do very well in school, while others get overwhelmed and can’t concentrate. Some can hold a job, and others find that really hard to do.

It all depends on the person and the situation.

From: What is High-Functioning Autism? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Synapse: “High-Functioning Autism.”

The Arc: “Autism and Adult Diagnosis.”

Autism Speaks: “Asperger Syndrome,” “Diagnostic Overview,” “How are Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism Different?”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on November 21, 2016

SOURCES:

Synapse: “High-Functioning Autism.”

The Arc: “Autism and Adult Diagnosis.”

Autism Speaks: “Asperger Syndrome,” “Diagnostic Overview,” “How are Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism Different?”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch on November 21, 2016

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