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Functioning Labels

Functioning Labels

Functioning labels (e.g. “low functioning” or “high functioning”) are used by some clinicians, educators, parents, or even some people on the autism spectrum themselves.

The use of labels like high and low functioning are not official diagnostic terms, but rather, tend to be used more as qualifiers when people are trying to describe a particular kind of profile on the autism spectrum.

There are many reasons why functioning labels do not provide the most constructive view of a person on the autism spectrum, the most notable of which is they don’t speak to the specific challenges or abilities of the individual.