As Seen On Twitter | We hear about how ‘most’ #autistic people also have learning disabilities. Except, no, we don’t. via @AnnMemmott
We hear a lot from some about how 'most' #autistic people also have learning disabilities. Except, no, we don't. Big study just out https://t.co/R33wZpxUnz Soke et al. Only 1 in every 7 of the children had both things. 1091 children in the sample. Thread..
The data is from more historic understanding of autism (2010). Being clear that all autistic people are of equal value as fellow humans. It’s an important study,because we often hear, “They aren’t able to achieve highly..most have a low IQ..just a burden..huge cost…” Well, no.
In 2010, there was little understanding of non-male autism, nor of many of us being extravert, or ‘well behaved’, etc,..so the sample was of children who were desperately needing a diagnosis at age 8. We may find that a sample of *all* autistic children shows a lower % with LD.
This is very interesting. For years I’ve told professionals that my son is smart, but thinks/learns differently. Because he doesn’t speak to them or behave ‘typically’ (in their view) they prefer to assume he can’t think/learn.
Aye. Grateful to autistic people who are non-speakers for their written insights into their lives. So many are now published or writing excellent social media posts. If only all of the professionals had a better grasp of the subject (though clearly there are many who are good).
Yes, but I don’t know that most people would make the distinction between adaptive and cognitive Developmental Disability that they have here. Though equally, we don’t know about co-occurrence of these two either, could be +/- same sub-pop.
I didn’t care if half of us were learning disabled; to me it made sense we’d pool at the extremes & we were all “family”. But if non-profits misrepresent us for their gain & the media accommodates them for views/profit, that’s unethical and wrong.