High Functioning Autism

High Functioning Autism

The medical term high functioning autism is an informal medical term or diagnosis some people associates when they speak of people with autism spectrum disorder who are able to speak, read, write and handle everyday living such us getting dressed and eating. They may even live on their own but they are not like any of us.

For over a period of time, people who are seen with very severe symptoms where identified with autism. However, during the 90’s, there are milder types that were documented which included high functioning autism as well as Aperger’s syndrome, which has numerous symptoms that are like with high functioning autism.


By 2013, the American Psychiatric Association gathered these disorders connected to autism into one term and called it ASD or autism spectrum disorder.




People with high functioning autism find it hard to communicate and interact socially, just like all people on the autism range. The may find themselves having difficulties making friends and don’t read social cues logically. There are also instances that they completely shut down by too much stress caused by a social situation. They also tend to avoid eye contact and make small talks.


People with high functioning autism on the spectrum can also be very enthusiastic to organization and routine. They might possess monotonous and preventive habits that may seem a bit strange to others.


High Functioning AutismHow they perform in school or at work ranges widely. Some finds it hard to concentrate and can get astounded, while others do very well in school. Some finds it very hard to hold on to a job, while others can perform well at it. It will usually depend on the person and the situation presented to them. However, social skills are typically immature even for those who are on the spectrum who has the abilities to do a lot.


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Adult Autism

Adult Autism: Growing Old with Autism

Adults with autism have many options open to them depending on how they function. Many high functioning autistic adults or those who have Asperger’s syndrome are able to function well when mainstreamed into society. They can hold jobs, live on their own and even have peer friendships. This does not mean it all runs smoothly and easily for them, just that they are able to do it. They will still have communication and social difficulties. They will still very much need the back up of family and their health care providers.

Even those who have their own apartments will still need some back up to help with some of the things they cannot do themselves. They may be able to hold a job, but not pay bills. They may be able to cook meals for themselves but not do a food shopping on their own. They may require help accessing those government services that they are entitled to as a disabled adult. Family members usually do this, but there are people from various government services that may take on these tasks if here are no family members who can help.

Independent Autistic Adults

There is the option for the autistic adult to continue to live at home with their parents. This will be a good alternative to someone who is able to have some independence but still is more comfortable in the structured life of living at home. Everything is familiar, the structure and routines continue uninterrupted and the parents are always there to keep things running smoothly. But, this only works until the parents become old or ill themselves. If this is the option chosen some alternatives must be set-up for the eventually of the death of the parents.

The Group Homes for Independence

Adult AutismWhat of those adults with autism who are not as high functioning but still strive to have some independence? What can they do? If living independently is not possible there are group homes. These homes will provide basic care while continuing to teach the autistic adult some independence. They will teach meal preparation, how to do the laundry, how to keep their rooms tidy and take care of their own personal hygiene issues. The autistic adult can have a separate living space, his or her own bedroom, but share the rest of a house. They may even find work in a sheltered workshop.

Sometimes there are no even semi-independent alternatives based on an adult who is low functioning, with parents who are aging and unable to continue caring for them. Their abilities do not allow placement in a group home and so the only option left is an institution. This is usually the alternative of last resort.

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