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How Adult Autism Goes Undetected

How Adult Autism Goes Undetected

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Video Summary

  • The video discusses the challenges faced by adults who were not diagnosed with autism during childhood and explores the options for support and diagnosis in adulthood.
  • Language used to describe autism, such as a little on the spectrum or high functioning, can be offensive and create assumptions about individuals with autism.
  • Autism is not a disorder but a different way of seeing and interacting with the world, and it is important to recognize that autistic individuals may experience life differently but not necessarily as deficits.
  • Autism spectrum disorder is represented as a wheel rather than a linear scale, with different markers representing diagnostic observations such as social awareness, sensory processing, and motor skills.
  • The video highlights the challenges faced by underrepresented demographics, such as girls and individuals from different cultures, in getting a proper diagnosis, and emphasizes the importance of cultural sensitivity and awareness in assessments.
  • A diagnosis of autism in adulthood can provide self-understanding and access to legal protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but there can be challenges in accessing assessments due to high demand and limited availability of clinicians.

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