What Are The Signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults

by | Aug 9, 2023

Autism Spectrum Disorder also known as (ASD) occurs in all demographics. Autism is generally characterised by social and communication difficulties and repetitive behaviours. Often, severe forms of ASD are typically diagnosed in the early years of life. However, higher-functioning individuals may not be diagnosed until much later in life.

Some autistic adults may exhibit symptoms that resemble attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD. Autism in adults can present itself in many ways. The main signs of which autism occurs are social interactions, verbal & nonverbal communication, and repetitive or ritualistic behaviours.

Regardless of the severity, ASD symptoms can pose challenges in everyday life. And as our understanding of those challenges improves, more people than ever are being diagnosed with ASD.

Here are some common symptoms of autism in adults to give you a general guide of what being on the spectrum as an adult can look like:

  • Difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling
  • Tendency to engage in repetitive or routine behaviours
  • Only participates in a restricted range of activities
  • Strict consistency to daily routines; outbursts when changes occur
  • Exhibiting strong, special interests
  • Difficulty regulating emotion
  • Trouble keeping up a conversation
  • Inflection that does not reflect feelings
  • Trouble interpreting facial expressions, body language, or social cues
  • Difficulty maintaining the natural give-and-take of a conversation; prone to monologues on a favourite subject

These signs may vary depending on whether they’re at home, in education or in the workplace. With the correct support, treatment and care, individuals can go on to live fulfilling, happy and independent lives. Our homes present an opportunity to make our residents with a wide range of disorders and disabilities. We provide excellent care across our Specialist Care facilities across the country to residents who need our support.


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