Children with Asperger’s Disorder appear to be far smarter than their classmates. Their superb vocabulary and excellent long-term memory for facts often impress adults. Advanced intellect might be thought of only as an asset; however, their superior intelligence often is used against them.
Adults cannot imagine why on Earth the Asperger’s Disorder child behaves the way he does when he is so smart. “You should know better!” is a frequent scolding for the Asperger’s Disorder child, who actually does not know better. Just because he has the vocabulary of a college graduate does not mean he can refrain from announcing to the class that he finds the teacher boring.
IQ testing will give you and your child’s teacher a picture of how intellectually capable your child is in a wide variety of areas, including long-term learning, immediate memory, social judgment, understanding cause and effect, and abstract thinking, among others. It is not uncommon to find that despite impressive verbal skills, the Asperger’s Disorder child has an average IQ. Generally, he will have areas where he is superior, some where he is average, and others below average.
Knowing his strengths and weaknesses can eliminate the pressure for him to perform well on everything.