Some research suggests that the severity of autism can worsen with age.
Communication, social interactions, and flexible thinking can become more difficult for older adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Coping with change or generating new ideas or solutions can also become more challenging.
The study also found that older people with autism are more likely to extract rules or prefer structured processes than younger people.
According to the researchers, the increasing severity of symptoms could be because older adults with mild ASD traits may not be proactive in seeking a diagnosis as a way of assessing support. Find a therapist near you who treats autism spectrum disorder.