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Why Late Autism Diagnosis Matters: What I Wish My Family and Friends Knew

Why Late Autism Diagnosis Matters: What I Wish My Family and Friends Knew

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Mom on the Spectrum

Video Summary

  • The video features Taylor from Mom on the Spectrum discussing what autistic adults, whether self or professionally diagnosed, want their friends and family to know about their experiences.
  • Taylor emphasizes the significance of a late autism diagnosis, as it can bring a sense of relief, self-compassion, and understanding to individuals.
  • Autistic adults often engage in masking, where they develop social behaviors to appear normal, which can lead to imposter syndrome and a loss of self-identity.
  • Taylor explains the importance of understanding the struggles beneath the surface for autistic individuals, comparing it to an iceberg and a duck swimming peacefully on a pond.
  • Autistic adults desire self-compassion, validation, and accommodation in their daily lives, emphasizing the need to stop gaslighting themselves and prioritize self-care.
  • Late diagnosis helps individuals gain vocabulary to communicate their experiences, understand themselves better, and make choices aligned with their needs and wants.


Dr. Kenneth Roberson

Dr. Kenneth Roberson is an Adult Autism Psychologist in San Francisco with over 30 years of experience. Click below to ask a question or schedule an appointment.

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