Monday, 1 June 2009
High and Low Functioning
High and Low. Sounds like step aerobics.
I still don't get high and low functioning. What does it mean?
If someone on the autism spectrum does not have language and has a lot of stereotypic behavior then are they low functioning?
In that case my son is low functioning. That is, he is severely autistic.
If high functioning has anything to do with intelligence and ability to learn stuff. Then he is not low functioning.
Maybe it just implies the ability to function in this world. If you talk, relate and learn, then you can function and survive on your own. In that case how can you really know if someone is high or low functioning until they are much older and a dependent future has become imminent rather than just a possibility.
Some times I want to be able to say K is high functioning, because it sort of implies he has some hope of an independent future. Other times I don't give a damn because those terms still mean nothing to me.
To me Autism sucks the most because I don't know what it is and I can't find out, until I live through it. I hate not knowing. I hate waiting to find out. I hate the unknown. I am afraid of the future.