Are you autistic? Getting diagnosed as a teen or adult

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About 1.5 million people in the United States have autism, according to Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism. This number has increased significantly in the past couple of decades, likely due to greater knowledge about the disorder.

Even with that greater knowledge, the number is only an estimate and it becomes murkier when discussing people other than kids.

The number of adults living with autism today is even less certain according to AFFA. “Some sources cite that roughly 80 percent of those individuals with autism are under the age of 22.”

(Excerpt from Sinclair Cares article in Sinclair Broadcasting-read more)

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Teen girls’ transitions into adulthood “Untangled”

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The pressure to be a part of the “popular” crowd is not a new ordeal confronting teens, but the advanced technology may make them especially pronounced for teens today than during the “corded phone” days of their parents.

With their parents’ permission, some girls of the Summit Area YMCA swim team and Westover School in Middlebury, Connecticut opened up to “CBS This Morning” about the issues they’re facing.

Excerpt from Rebecca Lee’s article for CBS News- read more