Many kids with autism show higher intelligence quotient with time

About 50% of children with autism show a rise in intelligence levels between the ages of 2 and 8 years. In some of these children, intellectual disability gives way to average intelligence.

The findings suggest that intelligence quotient, IQ, is not stable in young children with autism, but tends to stabilize in many kids by the age of five.

Experts say that this shows one must not be quick in diagnosing intellectual disability. The recent study is based on IQ scores for 102 children, 20 of them girls, when they were two-three years old and again when they were six to eight.

Experts say this is a positive message for families because over half of people are reporting big IQ gains over time.

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