Hyperlexia in Autistic Kids

Hyperlexia & autism are commonly co-occurring, but not mutually inclusive


Hyperlexia is advanced and unexpected reading skills and abilities in children way beyond their chronological age.

Hyperlexia is most common in, but not exclusive to, Autistic children.

Approximately 84% of hyperlexic kids are also autistic.

A child can be one and not the other, however; approximately 9–14% of autistic children are hyperlexic.

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Ostrolenk, A., d’Arc, B. F., Jelenic, P., Samson, F., Mottron, L. (2017). Hyperlexia: Systematic review, neurocognitive modelling, and outcome.
Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 79, 134–149. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.04.029

Wei, X., Christiano, E. R., Yu, J. W., Wagner, M., & Spiker, D. (2015). Reading and math achievement profiles and longitudinal growth trajectories of children with an autism spectrum disorder. Autism, 19(2), 200–210. https://doi.org/10.1177/1362361313516549

Published by Neurodiversity MB

Jillian has Child and Youth Work diploma as well as a BA in Psychology. Jillian worked on the front lines of Social Services agencies from 2003 - 2012. Jillian has taken numerous continuing education courses and has attended various workshops focused on supporting neurodiverse children, in particular children with ADHD.

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