Can Autism Just Be Confined to Childhood?

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Can Autism Just Be Confined to Childhood?

Claudia Curry says, “My body language and facial expressions are not always in sync with my mood. At times I may be angry but look happy or vice versa.”

Autistic adults and Children

She further says, “Often, I find it difficult to communicate or understand hidden messages. At times, I am not able to understand the sarcasm.”

Claudia, executive director and founder of the Asperger Syndrome and Rehabilitation Institute, has an HFA (High Functioning Autism) diagnosis, a disorder that delays language development. She was aged 48 years at the time of her diagnosis.

To many, it might come as a surprise to see someone being diagnosed with the condition during their late forties. However, it should be noted autism is a life-long condition and not confined to just childhood.

Autism diagnosis is seen too commonly occurring among young children, averaging the age of 4 years for every 10 children being diagnosed on the spectrum.

Nevertheless, the global numbers of autism diagnosis tend to remain relatively unknown though authorities believe millions of people globally to be on the spectrum.

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The data available shows an average of 1 child being diagnosed on the spectrum for every 68 children in the USA while in the UK 1 in every 100 children is estimated to be diagnosed on the spectrum.

Claudia says, “Ever wondered the number of adults living with the condition? Sadly, these numbers have not been given the prior importance they deserve.”

There is little information that has adult autistics as its subject while comparing the amount of data available about autistic children.

The authors of the study believe this could be one of the many reasons that trigger the view among masses that autism is a childhood condition.

Carol Povey says, “Yes, it is true that autism is seen as a condition that surrounds children.” However, it should be noticed today’s children transition into their adulthood which people tend to ignore.

Povey is the director of the Center for Autism, National Autistic Society in the UK.

Povey further says, “In reality, this is one of the major areas that is seen to be underestimated and poorly understood.”

One of the reasons could be the first generation of autism diagnosis in the UK were in the late sixties.

Nevertheless, even these people have transitioned into their adulthoods today, says Povey.

Changing Perceptions of Autistic Adults

Curry explains, “The visible difference between an autistic and a non-autistic person is, the way they percept their environment. The world is white and black, wrong and right for an autistic individual while on the other hand non-autistic individuals can percept their surroundings in a variety of shades.”

This makes it difficult for an individual with autism to clearly respond and understand to other shaded areas not normally encountered.

However, with an increased prevalence among the masses, we need to abstain from calling someone normal or autistic.

Claudia further says, “An autistic person adheres strictly to the rules and follows them with sincerity while on the other hand non-autistics are seen to follow the rules as per their whims and fancies.”

This one reason is enough for the question, what actually is ‘normal’ to take a backseat.

Povey says, “Creating awareness among every child about autism, right from their school is the need of the hour.”

However, due to the advancement of teaching strategies, many autistic youngsters are successful in their primary school education. The moment autistic children move to their higher schools and further transition into their adulthood, they tend to become difficult.

The authors conclude, “This shows the importance of more research surrounding autistic adults before unique support strategies can be put in place. At present, acceptance and awareness of the autism condition among the masses should be given a higher priority.”

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Can Autism Just Be Confined to Childhood?
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Can Autism Just Be Confined to Childhood?
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Autism was first detected in the early forties. Yet the condition is seen to be primarily focused on children.
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Alfin David

Alfin David

Hi, my name is Alfin David and I have joined Autism Times as a writer. Two things define me I am new to the world of autism advocacy and in complete love with the team My younger brother is recently diagnosed with autism Thanks for stopping by to read my profile.

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Alfin David

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Hi, my name is Alfin David and I have joined Autism Times as a writer.

Two things define me

I am new to the world of autism advocacy and in complete love with the team
My younger brother is recently diagnosed with autism

Thanks for stopping by to read my profile.

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