Myth 5 Conversation

“Most Children with Autism have Mental Retardation”

“As many as 70-90% of children with autism also have mental retardation with below 70 IQs” This often repeated mantra has very little good scientific research to stand on but has become accepted as fact in most autism circles. In my book I trace the origins of this myth to show that it is mostly baseless. Do you have examples of intelligence in a child with autism? What is your experience?