15A Child May Have An Intellectual Disability
Autism can also be found in children where a speech or intellectual delay is hardly noticed.
It is common for parents to have mistaken intellectual disabilities with autism. Actually, there is a reason for this common error. Studies have shown that 75% of people with autism have an IQ below 70. However, just because a child or adult may have a lower IQ, does not mean he or
she has autism.
In fact, 25% of those children have a normal or even above average IQ scores. Intellectual disabilities such as Down Syndrome or Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, are quite more common in children, than autism. If a child has a language delay, for example, parents should first consider, and discuss with a licensed specialist, the possibilities of a language disorder or intellectual disability.