Does Patrick Star from SpongeBob have autism?
The goofy sidekick of SpongeBob Square pants is definitely special. However, to suggest that he is autistic is out of line. It seems that the writers of the show have cast him as someone of below average intelligence (as is the show’s namesake), but just because a person is intellectually delayed does not make him or her autistic. Many people are very high functioning though they have autism. As a matter of fact, it has been suggested that those with Asperger’s (a mild form of autism) often have a genius level IQ. Cartoons are just that and suggest nothing other than fun and antics.