What is Autism?
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Although everyone on the autistic spectrum has to meet the same diagnostic criteria, each individual will display their symptoms in a unique way. This is due to the influence of personality traits, environmental factors and other co-existing developmental, or psychological disorders.
Autism is a complex developmental condition. Also known as Autistic Spectrum Disorder, the condition is present at birth, although depending on the severity of one’s symptoms, can go unrecognised till much later in life.
Parents that suspect their child may have autism, often struggle to get their child assessed. The burden of proof often lies, initially with the parents. They will need to put a strong case to the doctor before a referral to a clinical psychologist for diagnosis is granted.
Most undiagnosed adults struggle through life, employment and relationships. They are very likely to have suffered a range of mental health conditions since childhood, before arriving at an autism diagnosis in their 30’s, 40’s and even 50’s.