A set of complex brain-based differences that can impact a person’s communication, sensory processing, social interactions, intimate relationships, and behavior. The CDC estimates that 2.2% of adults in the USA are on the spectrum of autism.
Individuals diagnosed with autism have neurodevelopmental differences that can bring both gifts and challenges. Through understanding these differences, we can gain a deeper appreciation for each person’s strengths and create strategies for improvements.
Many of our clients have a history of going undiagnosed or untreated for a long time. Their childhood experiences were often dismissed or explained away or misunderstood. While this can be common for anyone, we find that women on the autism spectrum are more often underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed. People of color and those from diverse racial and cultural backgrounds also can also suffer in silence.
When adults have gone untreated since childhood the social, intellectual and relational impacts of living with autism can cause confusion and distress. Here at Spectrum, we are paying close attention to how neurodiversity has impacted all aspects of your nervous system and your relationships to yourself and others. We understand that the gap between the logical and intellectual understanding that neurodiverse adults have, contrasted with their social/intuitive knowing and the mind blindness that affects many on the spectrum, can cause difficulty in relationships, social life, and work. Moreover, many of our clients tell us about the “micro-rejections” they experience – often on a daily basis – can add a level of trauma to their lives.
While it may seem daunting to get the right help and be diagnosed – especially later in life – we find it is more often a relief. This understanding can be life changing for the individual, couple, and/or the family.