Ever wonder why kids with autism manifests intelligence beyond ordinary?
Whether it is music, mathematics or arts, children with autism usually exhibits a rare gift. Especially those that have mild to moderate types of autism.
Why is this so?
Studies reveal that genes linked with autism might be the cause of higher mental function to those not affected by autism. Various clinical research studies conducted in Europe, United States and many parts of Asia, have seen genetic variations. This appears to account for the higher cognitive functioning in those with mild to moderate autism. Yet the studies are still in progress and have not been finalized.
It may seem that our society has underestimated the capacity of children with autism. They may actually possess a higher cognitive ability given early intervention and proper care.
It is actually evident to children with autism that their brain functions differently compared to those who are normal.
This is shown in intelligence tests conducted in the United States:
- Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) is an intelligence test that measures verbal skills. A study showed those with autism had a hard time answering this test.
- Raven’s Progressive Matrices or the Test of Nonverbal Intelligence (TONI) is an intelligence test that measures non-verbal skills like identifying patterns and shapes. This was where a group of children with ASD showed a remarkable 70% increase of points compare to normal children.
Still those in the ASD group have the following challenges.
There are actually various difficulties involving:
- motor development
- fine-motor skills
- social awareness
…which may or may not be related to a person’s intelligence.
Everyone should be treated with respect especially people with disabilities because you don’t know the pain they’re undergoing. These people may have not found their voice yet in the society but they want to be heard just like you. Find out more…