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For Autistic Kids, IQ May Not Predict School Achievement
Date:11/23/2010

may be excellent readers as far as recognizing words, they often have more difficulty understanding what they're reading.

In addition, while some kids with autism are very good at math, they excel in doing calculations but can get thrown off when the same math problem is presented not in numbers but as a "verbal problem."

Figuring out how kids with autism learn best is critical, Estes said.

"Children with autism, later in development are thought to be at higher risk of anxiety or depression," Estes said. "Academics is a potential source of mastery and self-esteem that, if enhanced, could buffer them from one of those challenges. And [academic success] has implications for being able to be successful later on in higher education and jobs."

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The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more on autism.

SOURCES: Annette Estes, Ph.D., research assistant professor, University of Washington Autism Center, Seattle; Amy Keefer, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, Center for Autism and Related Disorders, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore; Nov. 2, 2010, Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders


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