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What does HIGH FUNCTION mean?

The Autism world is full of the word 'FUNCTION'. So what does that mean in everyday terms. We hear both terms

Low function Autism

High Function Autism

Sadly there are still some that measure IQ to determine function. The magic 70 normally the fine line - above 70 = HIGH FUNCTION whilst below 70 = LOW FUNCTION.

It is our experience that the IQ is irrelevant often. A child or person with an IQ of 130 is just as likely to struggle as a person with an IQ of 68. There are many that Jelibean are in contact with who are unable to leave their houses or cope with independant living, managing their money, and generally surviving yet they have a very high IQ. Autism has no part in determining or affecting intellect.

Within many areas in the UK determining IQ will determine whether your child gets a place within a mainstream school or a special school. Function is a word Jelibean try to steer away from. Our view is that a child who cannot get out of bed without help or encouragement or, maybe is struggling to cope with school, suffering from regular anxiety attacks/meltdowns cannot be said to be 'functioning'. A child at a special school although with a lower IQ may be going through exactly the same.

Recently Jelibean met with a young man diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome. His IQ clearly 140+,  he was at university in his first year. Sadly 3months later he had to return home. He couldn't get himself to his lectures on his own. He struggled to look after himself, in fact he neglected himself, ending up holed up in his room alone. He quit university and has since returned home to his mum where he feels safe. If this young man had an IQ of 68 would he have easier access to supported living and support? It is highly likely that he would.