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How would you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult? Is there any benefit to get a diagnosis?

How would you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult? Is there any benefit to get a diagnosis?

Find an expert: In most areas, it would be highly unusual for someone with autism to make it to adulthood without having been diagnosed, but it still happens. Evidence suggests autism manifests between birth and age 21/2 or so. There is no specific treatment for it; but, knowing what the trouble is may help. Also, am autism diagnosis might give eligibility to programs & services restricted to that diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a brain development disorder. It shows up in the first 3 years of life and affects communication and social interaction. Check out these 2 websites--autism society of america and autism speaks . Both are good informative websites . I have many autistic patients who do well. Be informed and seek an evaluation ...Read more


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How are kids vs adults diagnosed with autism?

How are kids vs adults diagnosed with autism?

Same way: The autism diagnostic observation scales are geared at different age levels, pre-verbal & verbal. Cognition ( intellect), processing of verbal & non/verbal information, language comprehension & expressive non-verbal & verbal social communication, reciprocal social interaction, & presence of stereotypies or narrow, restricted areas of interest are all tested. Social understanding @ 6 & >up by tops. ...Read more

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How should you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult?

How should you go about getting an autism diagnosis for a young adult?

See below: Diagnosis includes looking at the person’s medical history, watching the person’s behavior, & giving the person some psychological tests. But, it can be more challenging to DX an adult because it is not always possible to know about the person’s development during the first few yrs of life, and a long history of other diagnoses may complicate an ASD dx. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/topics.htm. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the symptoms of autism in teens and adults?

Can you tell me the symptoms of autism in teens and adults?

Good Website: http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/autism-symptoms core problems include: social interactions and relationships. Verbal and nonverbal communication. Limited interests in activities or play. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are signs of autism in adults?

Could you tell me what are signs of autism in adults?

There is a variety: Autism is characterized by three main areas of difficulty. Communication, social interaction, and social imagination. Diagnosis in adulthood can be a mixed blessing. Some people decide that they are happy with self diagnosis and decide not to ask for a formal diagnosis. Some adults with autism may need support with day-to-day living. Seeing a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist may help. ...Read more

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What are the usual signs of autism in young adults?

What are the usual signs of autism in young adults?

Social Impairment: An " insistence on sameness" is one of the hallmarks, an intense focus on a narrow range of subjects, poor eye contact, preference to be alone rather than to be with friends. A relative lack of empathy and interest in others. It is also not unusual for higher functioning autism or aspergers young adults to excel in business, engineering, science, technology, or even entrepreneurship. ...Read more

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How can I you determine autism in an adult?

Adult diagnosis: It can be difficult to find a provider. I suggest a psychiatrist or psychologist evaluation. Contact your local autism support group for suggestions. ...Read more

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What are good resources for services or information regarding adults with autism?

Online: Several associations and societies have websites and advocate for people affected with this condition. All of them surely will help you find local chapters in your area, will share tips, support, referrals, resources. ...Read more

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Can an adult be diagnosed with autism, or is it something he has to have from childhood?

Can an adult be diagnosed with autism, or is it something he has to have from childhood?

Yes. : Diagnosis includes looking at the person’s medical history, watching the person’s behavior, & giving the person some psychological tests. But, it can be more challenging to DX an adult because it is not always possible to know about the person’s development during the first few yrs of life, and a long history of other diagnoses may complicate an ASD dx. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/topics.htm. ...Read more

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How can I i determine autism in an adult?

The same DSM-V : criteria of qualitative impairments in social reciprocity & social communication plus narrow, restricted areas of interest or stereotypical motor movements with onset before age 3 are used by adult psychiatrists, neuropsychologists & psychologists to diagnose Autistic Spectrum Disorder in adults as for diagnoses in children. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more