June 24, 2012

Diagnosing Adults on the Autism Spectrum

West Palm Beach Asperger & Education Examiner

How are adults on the autism spectrum diagnosed? Although there is a wealth of information regarding the assessment of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), little is known about the identification of adults on the higher end of the autism spectrum. This is due to the fact that there is no single set of clinical criteria for diagnosing high-functioning autism spectrum disorders in adults. The diagnostic criteria were principally developed to identify ASD in children, with no adjustments to the criteria for diagnosing adults. This presents a problem in that the classification criterion fails to account for the dimensional nature of characteristics and variations in the manifestation of the disorder through adolescence and adulthood.

A number of autism professionals propose that autism falls on a continuum and that there is no clear distinction between “mild autism” and the boundaries of neurotypicality (or normalcy). In fact, we now recognize that autistic “traits” are normally distributed across the general population. This includes the groups of more successful individuals in... READ MORE >>

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