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What is high-functioning autism?

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“High-functioning autism” isn’t an official medical term or diagnosis. It’s an informal one some people use when they talk about people with an autism spectrum disorder who can speak, read, write, and handle basic life skills like eating and getting dressed. These people may live independently and are a lot like anyone else.

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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