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Autism in Adults

What is Autism? 

Autism is a neurotype with presentations as varied and unique as the people who possess it. While no two autistic brain's are the same, all autistic people share some, or all, of the following core features, which unite them as members of the autistic community:

  • bottom-up, detail-oriented processing style

  • need for structure and routine

  • strong, focused interests

  • social and communication differences

  • emotional expression and regulation differences

  • sensory processing differences


Is there a cure for autism?

Trying to cure autism would be like trying to cure brown hair. It can’t be done, and it shouldn’t be done. What we aim to do instead, is address the disability experienced by autistic people within the neurotypical-favouring world. We do this by helping them to re-frame negative self-narratives they may have picked up along the way, supporting them in defining and fulfilling their support needs, advocating for them, and working through any mental health concerns they may be facing.

Signs of Autism In Adults

The majority of autism cases are diagnosed from the ages of 4-5, however people with less severe symptoms may not receieve a diagnosis. This means they grow up adapting to their symptoms, this is known as 'masking' and can lead to a variety of mental and physical health issues.  

Repetitive Behaviors

  • Requiring a stable routine (outbursts if it is changed)

  • Disliking change

  • Self stimulatory behaviour (such as foot tapping)

Executive Function

  • Difficulty setting long term goals

  • Frequently late to or forgetful about appointments

  • Hyperfocused on the intricate, while missing the bigger picture

Social Symptoms

  • Trouble articulating personal thoughts

  • Difficulty in reading people's body language

  • Avoiding eye contact when in a conversation

Should I get assessed?

Having an assessment for autism is a personal decision. It’s important to know that one of the highest benefits that could ever come from autism identification, is accessing community, and the autistic community whole-heartedly accepts and supports self-diagnosis. So, if you are someone who has done a lot of research and introspection and you are already pretty sure about your neurotype, then you may not need a formal assessment and diagnosis. However, we highly recommend getting in touch with the autistic community, starting the healing and re-framing process with your therapist, and exploring your autistic support needs.

For anyone who wants a more thorough understanding of themselves and their cognitive and educational profile, as well as evidence-based support around tailored accommodations and support access options, a formal assessment is recommended.

Want to find out more?

To learn more or to enquire about our Autism assessments, contact us at:, or give us a call on (02) 9555 4810.

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