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Why do we only see younger children with Autism?

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Asked at 2009.12.22 00:12:22
Why do we only see younger children with autism? Why arent there older people with it 40's 50's and so on? Im 21 and Ive never heard of anyone with it except for 2 yr olds over the last couple of years? Something seems wrong with this picture
answer undir  Answered at 2009.12.22 00:12:22
There are adults with autism too. You just haven't noticed them before.

Those with mild forms of autism learn to compensate for their lack of social skills, so when they are adults they almost blend in with others and are often just thought of as a little strange or eccentric.

Adults with severe forms of autism often live with their parents or in institutions and since they are not out on the job market or out in public much, they are not very noticeable.

Another reason is that it's not that long since autism was recognized as a diagnosis, so there are many adults out there who are undiagnosed or misdiagnosed, so even if you'd meet them you wouldn't necessarily know they were autistic.

People, professionals and the media also focus on autism in children a lot because when it's detected early there is a chance to use early intervention to help the child develop skills they lack. With adults I get the feeling people think it's either too late to do anything to help or that whatever help they got in childhood was enough, so there are rather few resources, research or discussions about adults with autism.
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