Autistic Adults

Give Autistic people the #SameChance this World Autism Month

In the last few decades our understanding of autism has advanced far beyond its original definition to include autistic adults. Dr. Leo Kanner, who first coined the term in 1943, primarily saw it as a childhood psychosis. We now know this to be untrue; in fact the very first child Kanner diagnosed, Donald Triplett, is still alive today! Autistic adults face their own unique challenges.

A large number of adults have grown up without receiving an appropriate diagnosis. This may be due to financial factors, long waiting lists, misdiagnosis or even gender (the incorrect notion that only boys are autistic is still commonplace.) Without a full understanding of themselves, they will likely have grown up with a lot of anxiety due to sensory overload or the stress of ‘masking.’ Some may even have spent time in to psychiatric units when autistic burnout is mistaken for a nervous breakdown.

They may be more likely to develop problems of addiction in an attempt to reduce their anxiety. These combined issues also mean that under or unemployment is frequent problem. Since there is no public route for pursuing an adult diagnosis, they may be forced to go private, which may be too expensive for them to access.

Furthermore, even if they were diagnosed as children, autistic adults can face other challenges. Certain clinical supports stop abruptly at the age of 18, even if they require further assistance. Finding a therapist for anxiety may be harder if the professional isn’t familiar with autism. Long term employment may be difficult due to job interviews, workplace culture or a lack of supports. We’ve outlined relevant pages below.

talk therapy autism

Find a Therapist for Anxiety

Go Back In this section we’ll outline how to find the right therapist to manage anxiety and other difficulties which autistic people may experience. As mentioned in the previous section

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Talk therapy autism

Therapy and Autism

Go Back In this section, we outline how talk therapy can help autistic people, what to expect from a talk therapy session and how therapists can make their practice a more

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Adult Autism Diagnosis

Adult Support and Wellbeing Programme This page refers to adult autism diagnosis; if you’re looking for the process behind getting a diagnosis for your child, check here.  Autism is not

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