When Children with Autism Grow Up …

… they become adults with autism.

This may not seem like a particularly surprising fact. What is surprising, though, is the distinct lack of services and accommodations available for adults on the autism spectrum. It is as though autism “magically disappears” when a child becomes an adult.

It does not disappear.

And, for most adults with autism — especially those over 30 — the situation is, ironically, somewhat inverted. It is as though their autism did not exist before they were adults … because these adults with autism have not had the benefit of any assistance, intervention, or even understanding while growing up.

As a whole, autistic adults are delighted that autistic children are receiving help, and it’s likely that such help will make a magnificent difference in their lives as they grow up. The “lost generation” of autistic adults who did not receive such assistance, however, remains.

Still Point Medical is one of the first family practices in the U.S. (and perhaps the first in its state) designed to accommodate the needs of adults on the autism spectrum. Some of the practice’s features include:

  • a sensory-friendly environment with no televisions, radios, fluorescent light, or crowded waiting rooms;
  • low-tech, unhurried, individualized consultations;
  • therapy dogs and horses;
  • quiet spaces with water fountains and landscaping for reflection; and
  • understanding and knowledgeable family practitioner and staff.

And, it’s not just adults with autism who can experience the calm, caring approach of Still Point. For many people, medicine today has too often become a hurried, high-tech, and even depersonalized experience. Perhaps we all could take a step back, a deep breath, and reflectively consider the ways in which we could change medicine for the better — for us all.


One thought on “When Children with Autism Grow Up …

  1. I had no idea about my autism until my 30’s. I wish I had learned much earlier in life. I think there are a lot of people like me, walking around with autism and never actually knowing it by name. I’m glad there are more diagnostic tools and specialists willing to work with adults now. Years ago I was told by a doctor that if I hadn’t made it to adulthood without a diagnosis, he would have sworn I was autistic, as if simply the act of growing up disqualified me from being autistic.

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