Although autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is often thought of as a childhood disorder, there is an increasing number of older adults who are being diagnosed for the first time. This growing demographic makes it critical for clinicians, family members, and friends to consider the impact of such a diagnosis. The UCR SEARCH Center has had a number of calls from older adults seeking a first-time diagnosis. Though our center primarily focuses on children ages 3-12, we have seen a few older adults and have heard from them what they hope to gain from an ASD diagnosis and why it matters to them to understand whether or not they meet the criteria for ASD. Nine adults, aged 50 or older, who were recently diagnosed with ASD are the focus of a new journal article by Steven Stagg and Hannah Belcher. Why the increase? Before discussing this research paper, one important question to answer is: Why is there an increasing number of older adults seeking an … [Read more...] about What Is It Like to Get an Autism Diagnosis Later in Life?