People who learn they are autistic when they are younger may experience a higher quality of life and sense of well-being in adulthood.
That''s why we did an interesting research, which also found that those who learned of their autism as adults experienced higher positive emotions (especially relief) about autism when they first learned they were autistic.
According to research, telling a child that they are autistic at a younger age allows them to get involved by providing access to self-understanding and providing guidance to them to thrive later in life.
For the first time, researchers directly examined whether learning if one is autistic at a younger age is associated with improved adult outcomes. Many autistic individuals, particularly females, ethnic minorities, and people with limited resources, are diagnosed years after the characteristics are first discovered. In many cases, autistic individuals do not receive their diagnosis until adulthood.
According to a research, it is likely to be best to inform people that they are autistic as soon as possible in a scientifically appropriate manner.
Professor Steven Kapp, a psychologist at the University of Portsmouth, has been admitted to the university.
A team of autistic and non-autistic students and academic researchers analyzed the study. Seventy-eight autistic university students analyzed, revealing how they discovered they were autistic and how they felt about their diagnosis. Respondents also revealed how they were feeling and being autistic today.
Dr. Steven Kapp, a lecturer in psychology at the University of Portsmouth, was diagnosed with autism aged 13 and informed of his autism. He said: "They''d rather notice people that they were autistic than those who were diagnosed early on." Our study suggests that it is unlikely to tell people who were autistic in a coordinated, personal, and developmental manner. Learning one is autistic can be beneficial because it helps individuals understand themselves and assists them in relating to others.
Being diagnosed as an adult may be a bit of a challenge.
A lot of emerging research has shown that coping with an autism diagnosis at an early age is associated with more positive emotions about a diagnosis, particularly relief. This finding makes sense, although emotional reactions are often very complex and unique to each individual individual. In addition, therapy has largely been referred to as a common response to an autism diagnosis in adulthood.
This assessment should hopefully begin to address parents'' concerns about when to talk to their child about autism.
Co-leader author Bella Kofner
Parents should not wait until children become adults to educate them about autism, according to the findings, although some factors to consider when developing a child of their autism may vary, including developmental level, support needs, curiosity, and personality. Furthermore, studies suggest that parents should also advise their children to recognize and respect their self-definition.
Bella Kofner, a co-lead author (24), who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and informed of her autism at the age of 10, said: This is the first study to demonstrate that learning at a young age that one is autistic may have significant consequences on emotional health among autistic university students. Hopefully, this finding may begin to clarify concerns about when to talk to their child about autism.
More exploratory findings suggest that women and non-binary individuals responded more positively to first learning they were autistic than men did. The authors hope that future research will investigate autistic identity development in autistic people who have often been overlooked, such as non-speaking autistic people and autistic individuals who are more marginalized.