Friday, May 8, 2015

Why "High Functioning" Autism is So Challenging

We've all heard that Albert Einstein and Bill Gates are likely on the spectrum, being classified as "High Functioning". Although we may never know for sure if Einstein was, in fact, autistic, assuming that he was leads to the stigma that all individuals with "high functioning" autism are exceptionally smart and will experience great success in their lives. Although some individuals may experience his success, it's not automatically given.

Today, the Temple Grandin School posted an article entitled "Why "High Functioning" Autism is So Challenging," exploring the different aspects of autism, experienced by the whole range, and how they may effect those on the higher end of the spectrum.

This article mentions, not only that individuals on the high end of the spectrum are typically more aware of their difficulties, but also have to "act normal" to blend into society. These aspects are very difficult for individuals on the spectrum. Additional difficulties include:
  • Extreme sensory issues
  • Social "cluelessness"
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Lack of executive planning skills
  • Emotional dysregulation
  • Difficulty with transitions and change
  • Difficulty with following verbal communication
For more information on "high functioning" autism and it's difficulties, read the article here.


Shelly happy that it's raining in SoCal, but does it have to be so much?

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