Eric, my 14 year old non-verbal son with autism has no verbal speech. At some point, he was diagnosed with a very low IQ and supposedly with a mentality of a toddler. However, any one who spends 5 minutes with him begs to differ. Over the years, he has often surprised us by how smart he is and his capacity of learning things independently like how to use Google on the computer and get to Youtube on my cell phone.
Gina Mouser lives in Houston, Texas and is a mother of two boys, one with non-verbal autism. She is a also an autism consultant with over1 5 years of experience.