Do I have Autism?
Autism is a complex, lifelong developmental condition that affects how individuals perceive and interact with the world. It's a spectrum, meaning it manifests uniquely in each person.
If you've ever wondered about your own social interactions, communication styles, or behavioural patterns, exploring the possibility of autism can be a significant step.
Understanding Autism in Adults
Autism in adults can manifest differently than in children, often leading to it being less recognised and diagnosed.
Adult autism is characterised by unique challenges and strengths, including differences in social communication, sensory sensitivities, and adherence to routines or special interests.Jump to section
Understanding Autism in Children
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children can manifest in various ways, often involving distinct patterns in social interaction, communication, and behaviour.
While some children show signs of autism early in their development, in others, these signs may become more apparent as they grow older. Early recognition of autism is critical, as it allows for timely intervention, which can significantly impact a child's development and quality of life.Jump to section
The importance of getting an Autism Diagnosis as an adult
Understanding Autism in Adults
Receiving an autism diagnosis in adulthood can be a life-changing event. For many adults, it offers a profound sense of understanding and validation of their experiences.
A diagnosis can clarify difficulties faced in social situations, at work, or in personal relationships, providing a framework for understanding these challenges.
An adult autism diagnosis opens doors to tailored support and resources, helping individuals adapt their environment to better suit their needs.
Signs of autism in adults
Having a set routine in place and becoming distressed if there is any change to it.
Struggling to verbalise your feelings.
Being incredibly anxious about social interaction.
Being literal - for example, not understanding metaphors or sarcasm.
Struggling to make or maintain friendships or just find being alone preferable.
Unintentionally coming across as rude or disinterested in conversation.
Being extremely observant and noticing small things that other people don’t.
Struggling to understand unspoken rules of conversation.
Having either a lack of or extreme boundaries about close personal space.
Needing to thoroughly plan things out before doing them.
Struggle to maintain eye contact with people.
Having an intense interest in activities or topics specific to you.
Struggling to comprehend the thoughts and feelings of other people
I’m an adult, do I have Autism?
If you're an adult and the signs of autism resonate with you, you might be considering the possibility that you could be on the autism spectrum.
Autism 360 offers an online screening tool that can serve as a useful starting point in this journey of self-discovery. This tool is designed to provide initial insights and help you identify traits and behaviours that may be aligned with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
While our online screening can offer some preliminary understanding, it's crucial to remember that it's not a comprehensive diagnostic tool. It can help in highlighting areas that might warrant further exploration, but a professional diagnosis is essential for a conclusive understanding of your neurodiversity.Sign up here
The importance of getting an Autism Diagnosis as a child
Understanding Autism in Children
Securing an autism diagnosis for a child is a critical step towards ensuring their optimal development and wellbeing.
A formal diagnosis not only aids in understanding a child's unique needs and challenges but also opens the door to specialised support and resources.
With increased awareness and understanding of autism in the UK, a diagnosis enables access to tailored educational and developmental interventions, which are essential in a child's formative years.
Signs of autism in young children
Having difficulty maintaining eye contact.
Being very sensitive to sensory triggers (sounds, tastes, smells, etc.)
Finding comfort in repeating verbal phrases.
Not engaging in imaginative activities or in playing pretend.
Not returning smiles when you smile at them.
Doing repetitive actions e.g. rocking back and forth, hand flapping or flicking their fingers.
Not talking as much as their peers.
Being unresponsive to their name.
Signs of autism in older children
Being extremely enthusiastic about specific interests.
Becoming distressed if asked to do something.
Having trouble understanding figurative things like turns of phrase or jokes.
Struggling to interpret the emotions of others.
Becoming distressed if an established routine is derailed.
Having trouble with friendships and just want to be alone.
Difficulty putting their feelings into words.
Verbal stimming, having one sided conversations and repeating sounds and phrases.
I’m a child, do I have Autism?
If you're a parent or caregiver who suspects your child may show signs of autism, understanding your next steps is essential. Autism 360 offers a free online autism screening tool that can provide preliminary insights.
This tool is designed to help you identify behaviours and patterns in your child that may align with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) characteristics.
While this online screener is a helpful starting point, it's important to note that it's not a definitive tool for diagnosis. The screening can guide you in understanding certain behaviours and determining if they are consistent with ASD traits.Sign up here
Free Autism screening test
If you're exploring the possibility of being on the autism spectrum, our clinic offers a free online autism screening test. This tool is designed to help you gauge whether your traits and experiences may align with those commonly associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
While this screening is not a definitive diagnosis, it can be a valuable first step in your journey towards understanding your neurodiversity.
How the Screening Test Works
Questionnaire Format: The test consists of a series of questions about social interactions, communication styles, sensory experiences, and behavioural patterns.
Ease of Access: It's available online and can be completed in the comfort of your home at your own pace.Try our screening test
Getting an Autism Assessment and Diagnosis
Embarking on the journey to obtain an autism assessment and diagnosis can be a pivotal step for individuals who suspect they might be on the autism spectrum.
At Autism 360, we provide a comprehensive assessment conducted by experienced professionals. Understanding the process can make it seem less daunting and help you prepare for what to expect.
When selecting a clinic for autism assessment in the UK, it's crucial to find one that truly understands and aligns with your unique needs. Autism 360 stands out for its blend of professional expertise, compassionate care, and a commitment to each individual's journey.Start your journey