In autism, intelligence scores may not predict school success

Many children with autism do better in school than their intelligence scores would predict, according to a new study. And about 16 percent do worse.

The study is the first to track cognitive ability and academic skills in children with autism throughout childhood. The findings suggest that these children should be screened for learning difficulties regardless of their intelligence scores.

“For high-functioning children, sometimes you are not really focusing on academic skills, because you assume that they will be fine given their high cognitive profile,” says lead investigator So Hyun “Sophy” Kim, assistant professor of psychology in clinical psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. “I think it’s important to do more careful screening for potential learning difficulties or problems for these children.”

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6th November 2017