Autism Spectrum Disorder –Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder, is not limited to childhood; it also persists into adulthood, though it can manifest differently in grown individuals. Also, some people are overlooked for a diagnosis in childhood (more often in cisgendered women) and may receive a diagnosis in adulthood. In adults with autism, social challenges may persist, making it challenging to form and maintain relationships, understand nonverbal cues, and navigate social situations. Communication difficulties, such as verbal or nonverbal language challenges, may also persist. However, autistic adults often exhibit a wide range of strengths and talents, including attention to detail, creativity, and may have a deep knowledge in specific areas of interest. While some individuals with autism may require ongoing support and accommodations to thrive independently, many lead fulfilling lives, contribute to society, and find meaningful work that aligns with their unique abilities.

Understanding and acceptance of autism in adults is crucial, as it helps create a more inclusive and supportive society for all individuals on the autism spectrum. If you have a diagnosis of autism, getting support from a therapist who understands neurodiversity can be helpful. While many practices focus on the treatment of children with autism using ABA therapy, few practices specialize in treating adults on the spectrum. At All Spectrums Therapy, Dr. Dawn Dugan has worked with adults who have a diagnosis of autism using a strength-based approached. She is also skilled at using empirically validated treatments (CBT, DBT, ACT, ERP) with adults on the autism spectrum who also have another diagnosis such as OCD, mood disorder, BFRB, and related anxiety disorders. Please reach out to All Spectrums Therapy to find out more.

Resources for ASD:

AANE

Autistic Advocacy Group

Autistic Adults NYC

Spectrum Road Map