Cognition and intelligence in HFA

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The term high functioning captures the level of adequate cognitive functioning in that group, while often, when referring to the level of language competence (i.e., intact structural language), they are described as highly verbal. However, problems with pragmatic language have been consistently reported across the autistic spectrum, even when structural language is intact. In addition, some studies have found evidence of weaknesses in the figurative and idiomatic language domains, contrasting with clear strengths in areas of grammar.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Enigma of Autism Genius, Disorder or Just Different?
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages44
ISBN (Electronic)9781536125986
ISBN (Print)9781536125979
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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