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Navigating a Diagnosis in Adulthood

The idea and characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are ever-evolving. This diagnosable history of Autism began in the early 1900s.  According to Dr. Anaya Madal, MD, when the diagnosis of Autism was first coined, it was used to describe “severely withdrawn schizophrenic patients”. Click here to read more about the history of Autism on  Today we know that Autism is a wide and vast spectrum and is composed of people from all walks of life. That is why “Autism” is now known as “Autism Spectrum Disorder” or ASD. Today, while it is most common for children to be diagnosed, it is becoming increasingly prevalent for young adults and even older adults to receive a diagnosis. When someone receives an ASD diagnosis, they are not losing anything but rather, many report gaining a feeling of affirmation. They feel heard, seen, and say that they are better able to understand themselves as well as their past experiences. In addition, a feeling of affirmation may also be followed by concerns or questions.

  1. How can I better advocate for myself? 

  2. Do I disclose to my employer? 

  3. Would I benefit from accommodations within higher education?

  4. Are there services that I could benefit from? 

  5. Now that I know this about myself, how can I better my relationships or friendships?

  6. How can I get involved in the Autism community?  

There are a plethora of services for children diagnosed with ASD all over the country but unfortunately, the number of these services begins to dwindle once the individual is over the age of 18. Unlike most services, Podium for Autism is specifically for individuals 18+ who are on the Autism Spectrum or who have other social-emotional learning needs. Podium for Autism will analyze your home, education, and work environment, and empower you to make the best decisions for your lifestyle and goals. A diagnosis should be celebrated and can hold an advantage in areas that you may or may not have found yet, and Podium for Autism can help you uncover and capitalize on the advantages and your strengths. If you would like to talk to someone on how to navigate a diagnosis or to get help with answering any of the questions posed or inspired from the article, then click here to book a consultation with clinician, Danielle Feerst, OTR/L. In addition, you can connect with us on our Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Written by Madison Gies, Summer 2020 Intern

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