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What are the symptoms of autism in adults?

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December 18, 2016 9:55PM

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Autism isn't usually diagnosed until the child is 2 - 3 or more years. There is mild to severe cases with Autism and can vary between individuals. 1 -2 in 1,000 will have Autism and it's considered a genetic factor. However mild cases of Autism can go unnoticed because they appear to be masked from either being depressed to Obsessive Compulsive Disorders; narcissistic traits, anti social traits, etc., so it appears the adult who has Autism has developed it during adulthood, when, in reality they have had it since birth. There are no tests to see if your baby has autism and there is no cure, but, with love, patience and help from doctors many children are growing up to lead an almost normal lifestyle and holding down jobs. Some have families and a few take the risk of having children. These are some of the symptoms that all Autistic children/adults may exhibit:

  • Problems developing nonverbal communication skills such as eye to eye gazing, facial expression and body posture.
  • Failure during childhood (sometimes into adulthood) to establish friends.
  • Lack of interest in sharing items of their own, enjoyment, different interests or achievements with other people.
  • People with autism may have difficulty understanding another person's feelings such as sadness, grief or pain.
  • While children there may be a delay in, or lack of, learning to speak and as many as 50% of people with autism never speak.
  • Autistic people find it difficult to start a conversation or continuing a conversation once it has begun.
  • A person with Autism will often repeat over and over a phrase they have heard previously.
  • Children as well as adults are often fascinated by train schedules, weather patterns, or license plates.
  • They have a need for a specific routine (e.g. an adult may take the same bus route to wherever they are going and if the bus schedule changes this can be extremely difficult on an Autistic adult.
  • In most Autistic people body rocking and hand flapping occurs.
Some adults with Autism are able to work and live on their own and lead an independent lifestyle. Approximately 33% are able to achieve at least some (but not all) acts of independence. It is important for people to realize that Autistic adults can have high intelligence in many areas and if well supervised can carry out may jobs in the workforce such as working on or with computers and have extra talents such as memorizing lists (which most of us can't do), solving difficult math problems, calculating calendar dates, drawing and exceptional musical abilities. Many people with Autism have high sensory perceptions. E.g. they may tell you a light touch feels painful to them and deep pressure provides a calming sensation to them. Some may not feel pain at all. Some will have strong food likes or dislikes and unusual cravings. Many Autistic children or adults are quite capable of entering into some forms of sports, music, etc.