Low functioning autism is at the most sever end of the autism spectrum. Everyone in this category suffers from some form of mental retardation and is usually unable to communicate verbally.
Doctors classify people with low functioning autism by measuring their IQ so they can tailor their education and daily living requirements. Though the prognosis may seem grim for those with this type of autism some can be taught how to communicate with sign langue. As well, some of the symptoms can be managed with medication.
- Has an IQ less than 80
- Sever memory impairment
- Has few expectations
- Has severely limited language skills
- Are either far too sensitive or not sensitive enough
- Does not take notice of the people around them
- Preforms repetitive or ritualistic behaviors
- Self-injury (either intentional or unintentional)
- Makes odd gestures
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There’re so many things wrong with this. I don’t even know where to start.
Okay, maybe I’m just cranky, but I’ve had it up to here with people telling me my kid’s prognosis is “grim” (or some variation of doom and gloom). Fuck all of this. Seriously. My kid has an awesome life and he’s a good person. He’s hilarious (sometimes only to him, but I don’t know many 18yo boys who aren’t hilarious in their own mind) and loving and he spends his time doing what he likes. Just because you can’t understand him doesn’t mean he can’t communicate. We have whole conversations even when we don’t have his device handy. You just have to listen carefully and he’ll make his point. According to his IQ test, his IQ was >25. So much bullshit. That kid can outsmart me on my best days. We figured out he was color blind for red and yellow (the colors being used in class for math manipulatives) and I had the teacher switch him to black and white only. He went from flunking objectives all year to passing 100% WITHOUT EVER PRACTICING BEFORE THE STATE TESTING. He’s been known to get everything completely wrong and then as soon as they turn the camera on for testing, he does everything perfectly right. He can be a deliberate asshole like that sometimes. LOL He’s not unintelligent, he just needs accommodations to let his intelligence show. I’m tired of people telling me what he can’t do. This is the first time I’ve ever really been LET ME EXPLAIN YOU A THING about him on here and I’m sorry to go off like this. It’s just that I’ve hit my limit, kwim?
The thing is, IQ tests are designed for neurotypical people. People with communication difficulties, or people who do not think in a typical manner have trouble with them. I test “normal” because I am completely rubbish at math. I look at math problems and they look completely like jibberish. I do, however, remember everything I read. Certainly that has to count for something. I’m sure your son’s actual smarts are somewhere in a normal or advanced range.
And being non-verbal doesn’t mean shit if you have alternative communication methods. Needing accommodations does not mean someone is un-smart or that they have a terrible “locked in themselves’ future. It means the rest of us have to work harder to find a communication method that works. My sibs and I have whole conversations that sound like jibberish. But we understand each other :)
We convey a feeling by bringing up past experiences “Charlie make me a pie!” expresses a certain thing about our mom that probably only we understand (it expresses an emotion and a concept). That’s what I love so much about Tumblr. I can say “FEELS” and everyone grasps the emotion behind what I am saying without me having to go into a lengtly “i connect to this post because bla blabla or illustrate using personal history. You know??
I think OP (and the medical community at large) have very little understanding of what actual autistics go through, even though they toss around labels like “high functioning” and “low functioning.” my therapist classifies me as “high functioning” because I can hold a job down. Meanwhile I can’t go to the grocery store without having a breakdown. So, y’know. Six of one, half dozen of the other. I drive. But I have trouble figuring out where medians are sometimes. And it took me six years of solid trying and practice to get my license.
Just because I can pass for normal and say what people want me to say (or what I think they want me to say in social situations). But it takes its’ toll on me, y’know? I mean, several nervous breakdowns’ worth of toll. Breakdowns that took months to recover from. Functioning labels are largely based on how well someone can pass for NT. Because it makes NT people uncomfortable when we don’t pass. That’s all it is. It’s about the comfort level of those around us. Not as to whether it actually helps us.
The IQ test was specifically designed as a measure of academic development relative to age, and the scientist who came up with it EXPLICITLY declared that it should not be used as an intelligence test.