Learn About Autism
What is Autism?
Autism has several alternative names that you may encounter. The medical term for autism is Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is commonly used by healthcare professionals and appears in medical records and documents.
Asperger's syndrome, previously a prevalent subtype of autism and ASD, was removed from the DSM-5 diagnostic manual in 2013. Today, individuals who fit the typical profile for Asperger's syndrome are typically diagnosed with ASD. Although the term Asperger's syndrome is considered problematic, some people who received a diagnosis of Asperger's may still view it as a significant part of their identity and continue to use the term. Other individuals may choose to identify themselves as autistic.
Since everyone is unique, we respect each individual's right to choose how they identify. However, we advise caution in using the term and will strive to do so in all of our communications.
If you would like to learn more, go to our Resources section.
If I am Autistic, am I inferior or unlovable?
Being autistic does not make you inferior or unlovable in any way.
Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects the way a person interacts with and perceives the world around them. It is not a reflection of one's worth or value as a person.
It's important to understand that everyone is different, and each person with autism experiences the condition differently. Some individuals may find certain social situations challenging or may struggle with communication, but this does not mean that they are less capable or less deserving of love and respect.
In fact, most people with autism lead fulfilling and successful lives, especially if they learn to understand and value how they are different.
I think I might be autistic.
An autism screening test is a convenient and confidential method to determine if the challenges you're facing and your emotional state could be linked to autism.
Here's a link to tests we recommend: Screening Tests
The outcome of the evaluation can help determine if you would benefit from a more thorough assessment and support by one of our caring specialists.