Unfortunately, for many people, the idea of a potential autism diagnosis for a loved one is something to fear or potentially laugh off. At face value, the prospect of an official diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be frightening. The temptation is to view an ASD diagnosis as a negative. The reality of the situation, however, is that following an ASD diagnosis, most people’s lives change for the better. In the first place, receiving an ASD diagnosis is usually a great relief. Second, the range of abilities and limitations that are discussed as part of the diagnosis is incredibly vast. This means that rather than limiting a person, a diagnosis allows one to capitalize on strengths and work on identified limitations. Finally, post testing for autism, many patients are finally able to get the help and support that they need!
Testing for Autism: The Perks of Diagnosis
On its own, an ASD diagnosis should feel like a relief for most loved ones. Over the years that we at Ascend Autism have been serving individuals with autism diagnoses, we see this response more often than not. A diagnosis with a manageable condition like ASD is extremely different from a diagnosis with, say, a terminal illness. See below for the many psychological and emotional advantages that come along with an ASD diagnosis:
- Post-testing, many people find it easier to understand their own behaviors
- After diagnosis, individuals are better able to explain to their friends, family, employers, and teachers why they (or their loved ones) have difficulties doing certain things and are very good at doing other things
- Autism spectrum disorder is often misdiagnosed. A proper diagnosis can replace a previous, incorrect diagnosis with a condition like ADHD, OCD, depression, or even schizophrenia
When it comes to an autism diagnosis, it is simply better to know.
Post-Testing for Autism: Strengths and Weaknesses
The most important part of understanding one’s behaviors is being able to capitalize on strengths and work on challenges. Everyone person is unique, but people with ASD tend to have a number of common strengths and personality traits, such as:
- Above-average memories
- Precise and detail-oriented
- Punctual and reliable
On the other hand, there are also some common areas that people can work on following an ASD diagnosis, such as:
- Executive function difficulties
- Avoidance issues
- Noise sensitivity and sleep issues
- Mood instability
- Social challenged
Simply knowing and understanding one’s challenges is a significant first step towards managing them.
Post-Diagnosis: Help and Support for Individuals with ASD
Finally, there are enormous opportunities for getting help — and for helping others — in the ASD community:
- After being diagnosed, people are able to access the vast network of support for people with ASD, including support groups, charitable organizations, ASD-focused events, and social outings
- Following diagnosis, individuals can capitalize on services and benefits available only to people with a diagnosis
- People with ASD are often eligible for special accommodations in the workplace or school settings
Reach Out to Ascend Autism Today!
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have undiagnosed autism spectrum disorder, act now. There is no replacement for a quality diagnosis by an experienced medical team and effective treatment from a clinical team like the one at Ascend Autism. Life after an ASD diagnosis serves as a new beginning. Contact Ascend Autism today through our convenient online form or call us today at 877.323.8668.