Autism spectrum disorder (commonly referred to as just “autism”) is a developmental and neurological disorder that can impact how someone behaves, communicates, interacts, and learns. Although the term “high-functioning autism” isn’t an official medical diagnosis, it’s commonly used in reference to autistic people who can speak, read, write, and perform life skills with minimal assistance. The medical community previously used the term “Asperger’s syndrome” to describe high-functioning autism but officially retired its usage in 2013.

What Are the Levels of Autism?

As its full name suggests, autism is considered to be on a spectrum because each person experiences the disorder differently, with some requiring more support than others. The medical community classifies autism into three levels, ranging from Level 1 (which requires the least support) to Level 3 (which requires the most support). Many people consider individuals at Level 1 to have high-functioning autism. It’s important to note that some autistic people fluctuate between levels from one day to another or even within the course of the same day.

Learn More About the Autism Spectrum

If you think that you or a loved one might have high-functioning autism or another level of autism, we invite you to schedule a consultation with one of the knowledgeable therapists on our team. We have extensive experience working with autistic patients, and we’ll be happy to provide you with tips and tools that are customized to your specific needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at a date and time that’s convenient for you.

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