We live in fear of this all the time.
As we prepare for our IEP, we also prepare to answer for that most heinous of suggestions: that Joey does not need service and support because he is "high functioning."
Yes, Joey likes to interact with peers. He hasn't a clue how to do it, but he really, really wants to. He doesn't have the language to carry a conversation, or to respond to another child's request within play (he can answer "Do you want to play?" but when asked "Want to play superheros? Want to be Superman?" we are definitely out of Joey's element.) Joey can count, he can name colors, he can write his name and read a few words. But can he ask a question? Can he communicate his needs? Can he engage in social conversation? Can he, in short, function?
And until he can, why call him "high functioning"?