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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 previously fit the  profile for Asperger's syndrome are referred to as autistic and diagnosed with ASD. Although the term Asperger's syndrome is considered problematic due to the history of Hans Asperger, 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.

We respect each individual's right to choose how they identify. However, we prefer to use "autism" will strive to do so in all of our communications unless you request that we do otherwise.

If you would like to learn more about autism in general, check out our Resources section.

If I am Autistic, am I inferior or unlovable?

At the Adult Autism Assessment Center, we firmly believe that autism is not a weakness; it's a unique strength.  People on the autism spectrum often possess exceptional qualities that can lead to extraordinary achievements and contributions. Here’s why we celebrate autism:

 

 Unique Perspectives
 

Autistic individuals often see the world differently, providing fresh and innovative viewpoints. Their ability to think outside the box can lead to creative solutions that others might overlook. This unique way of thinking can drive progress and inspire others to think creatively as well.

 

 Attention to Detail
 

Many people with autism have a remarkable eye for detail, noticing subtleties that others might miss. This strength can be invaluable in fields that require precision and accuracy, such as science, technology, and the arts. Their meticulous nature ensures that tasks are completed with a high level of quality and accuracy.

 

 Deep Focus

When passionate about a subject, autistic individuals can immerse themselves deeply, becoming experts in their areas of interest. This level of dedication can lead to profound insights and breakthroughs that significantly advance their field. Their ability to concentrate for extended periods allows them to accomplish tasks that require sustained effort and attention.

 

 Honesty and Directness

Autistic individuals are often known for their honesty and direct communication. This straightforward approach can foster genuine relationships built on trust and clarity, as there is little room for misunderstanding or ambiguity. Their transparency can be refreshing and can promote open and honest dialogue in both personal and professional relationships.

 

 Strong Memory

A strong memory for facts and information is a common trait among those with autism. This can be a significant asset in learning, research, and any role that requires extensive knowledge retention. Their ability to recall detailed information accurately can make them invaluable team members in any setting.

 

 Passionate Interests

Autistic individuals often have intense interests and can become highly knowledgeable and skilled in their chosen fields. This passion can drive innovation and excellence, leading to exceptional achievements and advancements. Their enthusiasm can also inspire others and create a vibrant and dynamic environment.

 

 Loyalty and Reliability

Many autistic people are known for their loyalty and reliability. In relationships and professional settings, these traits build strong, dependable bonds. Their commitment and consistency make them trustworthy partners, colleagues, and friends who can be counted on in any situation.

 

At the Adult Autism Assessment Center, we aim to highlight and harness these strengths. We understand that every individual brings something special to the table, and we are committed to creating an environment where autistic strengths are recognized, valued, and celebrated.

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.

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