Autism can be diagnosed at any age; however, symptoms are often evident in the first 2 years of life but may not always be recognised until later in life.
These traits often have an impact on an individual’s ability to function in school, work and other areas of life and have always been present for a person, for them to receive an Autism diagnosis.
It is known as a “spectrum” condition which means each individual experiences ASC in their own way. Some people might have high-support needs and a severity of symptoms, and others may have low-support needs with less obvious symptoms. Some autistic people have average or above average intelligence, and some may have associated learning needs.
Although males are more likely to be diagnosed than females, ASC can be diagnosed in all genders, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds. It is a lifelong condition, but treatments, services, support, and adjustments can improve an individual’s symptoms and daily functioning.
Autistic individuals can often have other conditions such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), dyslexia, anxiety, depression, or epilepsy, and may need additional supports to overcome some challenges and stresses of everyday life. Other individuals have or need limited support and have found their own ways to navigate their condition in everyday life.
The important thing to remember is no two people with autism are the same, it is a unique condition that affects each person differently, therefore it is critical to get to know the individual and find out what works and does not work for them.