Is there a high-functioning or low-functioning autism? Does it matter?


Labels such as ‘low-functioning’ and ‘high-functioning’ are not only artificial but also misleading.

People with autism are often described as being ‘high-functioning’ or ‘low-functioning’ but is there really such a thing?


Yes, the society differentiates high-functioning or low-functioning but recently, such diagnoses have been removed from the DSM (diagnostic manual) and were replaced with different levels of autism (1,2,3). The issue arises when most high-functioning and low-functioning autism are mostly based on a personal perspective of the individual. Regardless of the levels, I believe that it should not matter.


Ways high-functioning and low-functioning autism differs