How autism can be hidden from society using psychological strategies
Autism is usually identified by doctors during childhood, but a growing number of people are now being diagnosed with the condition in adulthood. A later diagnosis can be challenging because many intellectually able adults have developed “compensatory” psychological strategies for coping with their autistic difficulties. These can hide their symptoms from doctors, employers, and even family members.
NYT: Early Treatment for Autism Is Critical, New Report Says
Experts urge early identification and referral for treatment, even if a formal diagnosis has not been confirmed.
The average age of diagnosis is now around 4 years, but the goal is to get it well under 2, she said. And children who are at higher risk — for example, those whose siblings have A.S.D. — should receive especially close screening and attention.
The Relationship Between Sensory Reactivity Differences and Anxiety Subtypes in Autistic Children
Autistic children are at greater risk of developing anxiety than their nonautistic peers. Sensory reactivity differences have been implicated as one of the risk factors. Specifically, sensory hyperreactivity has previously been linked to anxiety, including separation anxiety and specific phobia; however, minimal research has explored the influence of sensory hyporeactivity and seeking.
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