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    Late Teen-, Young Adult-Autism

    Autism may appear to be more widespread today than it was decades ago. Like ADHD in the ‘90, Autism seems to be the diagnosis of the month. The truth of the matter, according to experts who attribute the increase, there is a greater awareness of autism, its signs and symptoms. And the many faces of neurodiversity on the spectrum. I suspect we are all somewhere  on the spectrum.

    This is true especially for young women and girls. Early autism research was conducted with affluent boys. Studies are now revealing that females who are on the spectrum, present quite differently. It’s also not uncommon for adults to seek diagnosis if they notice symptoms in themselves.

    As a licensed clinician I can help you figure out what and how Autism traits may be hindering relationship development.

     I recommend reaching out if you’ve noticed any of the following behavioral traits in yourself, a friend or family member: A deep sense of emptiness inside, not knowing who you are Difficulties interpreting social cues Not understanding sarcasm, metaphor Rigid rules or routines Isolation or avoiding social interaction Difficulties forming true and lasting relationships Inability to make decisions, prioritize–too many options Easily overwhelm with transitions, changes in schedule, adapting to new circumstances Stuck making decisions during a time of transition (graduation from high school, college) Masking to seem to be like others who are “neuro-typical” 

    If you feel like you are always on the outside looking in, you may be on the spectrum. If you are constantly adapting to try to seem “normal,” you may be on the spectrum. If you are described by others as “quirky,” you may be on the spectrum. If you have few or no lasting friendships, you may be on the spectrum. If you become obsessed with a single issue or topic, spend hours researching, drop all other tasks to gather more information, you may be on the spectrum. If others refer to you as a walking encyclopedia, you may be on the

    Attention Deficit Disorder (with or without hyperactivity), can further complicate the clinical picture. Medications may help focus, organization, decision making and manage some of the daily anxiety caused by being neurodiverse.

    A licensed therapist can help address compulsions or a lack of social skills, as well as teach coping methods for anxiety.

    If you are concerned about any of these behavioral symptoms and ready for some support on your journey. Give me a call. We’ll work together to figure out how to come to terms with your challenges and gain self-appreciation for your differences.

    Please contact me today to schedule an appointment for your child.