Is higher intelligence assosciated with SPD?

I am a preschool teacher. I have worked with children that have had SPD and different types of autism. This is not my speciality, but I have done training on these disorders and I can usually spot these differences.


I have a child this year, that may have one or both together, yet his symptoms vary and follow under traits of both ASD and SPD. The parents are not both on board and have been told by two schools and teachers that their child has Autism. I am not sure I agree. I see more SPD traits then any autism. This child's language is so advanced and since 18mos could read. He mainly has conversations with me and his parents, but not much with his peers. If I guide him, he will use his words correctly to speak to his friends.

However sometimes he says he can't or its nothing. My student can do anything the others do, some guided, some not....at this point I know he needs to be evaluated, but not sure if I can get both parents on board. I have made progress with this child and I want to see it continue. If this child has ASD, it is mild and the sensory issues are the greater problem. The only thing that baffles me is his language development. it seems like a classic Aspergers case, but he does not fall under the norm, even for that. Can a child read and have a higher IQ with the SPD????

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Sep 20, 2015
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by: Kristin

My son is 4 and does not have any signs of aspergers or autism but he does get along better with adults because he is very intelligent. He doesn't have the patience for kids his own age and gravitates towards older kids and adults naturally. He thinks of himself as older and calls some adults "kids" lol. He seems like an adult stuck in a kid's body at times. He asks very deep and insightful questions that have me scrambling to figure out the answers! He was actually in early intervention for a while for speech therapy but soon after that started speaking in sentences. It may not be due to SPD or ASD but simply due to the higher IQ that leads them to be a little less social with peers.

Nov 25, 2012
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by: Anonymous

New websites in addition to this one? Check out facebook. I recommend both "Karla's ASD Page" and the Bill Nason's "Autism Discussion Page". Both are extremely helpful! There's a few others on there too, like the Australia page and one called Sensory Processing Disorder. I had some trouble with rhythm here awhile back and reflexes, and talking with Nason and Karla helped a lot. Hope it helps everyone here too. :)

Nov 23, 2012
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Look at PDD-NOS
by: Anonymous

My grandaughter was just evaluated for this (PDD-NOS). She is 8 and we were unable to get any answers. She too can read well and did not fit into any specific catagory. She also has a twin sister that we are getting tested, who does not have as many troubles as her sister. This might be something to look into. It is part of the autisum spectrum.

Oct 16, 2012
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New information
by: Anonymous

Please any new information or helpful websites, I am open too. I just want to be able to help. Thanks to all comments!

Oct 16, 2012
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Reply to Sue
by: Anonymous

Hey Sue,
I have worked with children with aspergers, and clearly I am not expert. In my experience that I have seen and worked with he just does not seem to match up quite exactly. In point he may have a mild case and be just that high functioning, but the sensory issues seem to out weigh the autism. By research and by working with children that have fallen under both, he crosses over both. However I get confused. I see and read so much and the two seem so interconnected at times. These parents have been basically told "Nope its autism!" Yet this child has had no evaluations done...only opinions and not professional ones. I am hoping to maybe give them more answers. I know it is a good chance he has both ASD and SPD. I wanted to get other opinions on the higher intelligence at such an early age, and if it was or was not assosciated with SPD. There is just so much information out there and some of it can be conflicting.

Oct 15, 2012
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by: Anonymous

I agree with the contention of anonymous in the post below. greeting

Oct 12, 2012
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Maybe
by: Anonymous

I have SPD and could read at a very early age and I also spent more time speaking to adults then kids my own age. If you think he has the other signs though, I agree, the parents need to be on board. It's hard to say what form of what he has without a further diagnosis and more information, but they most definitely can have more advanced development in some areas while they may lack in others. Perhaps it's sort of the body's way of compensating.

Oct 12, 2012
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Aspergers?
by: Sue

Why do you say he does not fall into the norm for Aspergers? Based on what you are describing it sounds just like me son, who has aspergers.

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