i want to know is moderate autism but as hight function or as low function
my child is modertate autism by CARS he made 34.5 mild to moderate autism but finally they said he is moderate autism the question now who can tell me if my child have low or high function ?????
When you have a child in the middle of the spectrum, like yours and mine, sometime is hard to place his functions. You need to determine which skills are low, which one are high, & which one are on age range.
My son recently has a functional screen by our county to determine if he still qualifies for his ABA intensive program. The test was more based on daily living activities: potty, bathing, eating, movility around the house & community, sense of security, gromming, dressing, etc. This screen showed that he needs still working on some of these. He's not totally potty trainning, but on a potty schedule. He's a very picky eating. And he still needs assistance while bathing and dressing. My child is 7 y/o he supposes to be doing all of these by himself. We are working on it. This is part of his low function.
He also had his annual psychological evaluation. My son's full IQ is 76 (59 on verbal & 93 on performance). It set him on the bordeline rage of functioning. It means his has a low verbal function, but an average performance for his age. His ABA program is based more on verbal approach.
In addition he had the 3 year academic screening that show his academic knowledge are 2 years above his grade level (he's on 1st grade, but his math & reading skills are in 3rd grade), but his comprehension of how to apply this knowledge is a year below. It means his school has to focus on teacher him more comprehension. Example: he knows addition & substration. he reconizes money & his values. But he hasn't understood how to count money... They have to focus on abstract thinking
My son is the same way he is very smart, butand he is actually doing what an average child in his age group does in school, so they consider him high funtioning. He also excels in certain areas, but his social skills are behind, and his comprehension is a little behind as well. The easiest way I can put it is that he could be talked into doing anything and he would trust anyone ws telling him the truth. He does mild stimming when he gets nervous or anxious as well. We are told with a good amount of work and therapy, he should be ok and may be able to function on his own some day.
A young child can be diagnosed with moderate autism but still be considered "high functioning" if he/she is believed to have an underlying high IQ. At least that's what I was told by the developmental pediatrician. My DD met the criteria for "moderate" autism because she had some speech and social interaction, but it was not at all what would be expected for someone her age. But because she is also bright, the dr. told me that she is "high-functioning" and her long-term prognosis is good with continued treatment. Hope that makes sense!