Autistic Spectrum Disorder

What is Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)?

Autistic Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition characterised by differences in social communication, restricted interests and repetitive behaviours. It’s important to note that autism is on a spectrum, which means that it presents differently in each individual. Some individuals may have challenges with social interactions and communication, while others may excel in certain areas.

ASD Adult Symptoms

Social Challenges

Many adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience difficulties in social interactions. They may struggle with understanding social cues, maintaining eye contact and engaging in reciprocal conversations. Forming and maintaining friendships or relationships can be challenging due to these social nuances.

Communication Differences

Communication differences are common in adults with ASD. They may have challenges with understanding nonverbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. Some individuals might have a formal way of speaking, difficulty grasping sarcasm or humour and struggle to initiate or sustain conversations.

Restricted Interests and Repetitive Behaviours

Repetitive behaviours and intense interests are hallmark traits of ASD in adults. They might engage in repetitive movements, have specific routines that they adhere to rigidly and display intense interests in specific topics. These interests can be all-encompassing and dominate their thoughts and conversations. We call this hyperfixation. 

Sensory Sensitivities

Sensory sensitivities are common among adults with ASD. They might be overly sensitive or under-reactive to sensory stimuli such as lights, sounds, textures, or smells. These sensitivities can lead to discomfort and anxiety in certain environments.

Difficulty with Change

Adults with ASD often prefer routine and predictability. Unexpected changes in their routine or environment can cause distress and anxiety. They might rely on established routines as a way to cope with the uncertainties of daily life.

Strengths and Abilities

It’s important to note that individuals with ASD also possess unique strengths and abilities. They might excel in tasks that require attention to detail, analytical thinking and adherence to structured routines. Many individuals with ASD have a deep passion for specific subjects and can contribute valuable insights to those areas.

Co-occurring Conditions

Adults with ASD may also experience co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, OCD, depression, ADHD or sensory processing disorders. It’s crucial to consider these factors during the assessment process to provide a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s experiences.

Diagnosing Adult ASD

Challenges in Diagnosis

Autism is often diagnosed in childhood, but many individuals go undiagnosed until adulthood. This delayed diagnosis can lead to a lack of understanding about oneself and difficulties in accessing appropriate support.

Subtle Presentation

In adults, ASD can present in subtle ways that may not be immediately apparent. Challenges with social cues, communication nuances and sensory sensitivities might impact an individual’s daily interactions and experiences.

Co-occurring Conditions

Adults with ASD may also experience co-occurring conditions, such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD. These conditions can complicate the diagnostic process and require careful evaluation.

Why Choose Sanctum Healthcare


At Sanctum Healthcare, we specialize in adult ASD assessment and treatment. Our dedicated team offers expertise, compassion, and a personalized approach to every assessment, valuing your input in shaping the process.

Ready to Take the Next Step


If you suspect you or a loved one may have ASD or seek strategies for managing adult ASD, our assessment is the starting point. Contact us today to schedule an evaluation and begin a journey of understanding, empowerment, and improved well-being.

Other programs​

Adolescent ASD Assessment

Our specific assessments for Autism are carried out with specialist clinicians to support young people 12- 17 years and their families.

Adult ASD assessment

Our Autism assessments foster communication and social skills, empowering individuals to navigate life confidently.

Assessment Pricing

Comprehensive treatment plans focus on collaborative identified needs, driving effective results and improved well-being.

Our Adult ASD Assessment

At Sanctum Healthcare, our Adult ASD Assessment is a comprehensive process that takes into account your unique experiences and challenges. Our goal is to provide a holistic understanding of how ASD manifests in your life, helping you access the support and strategies you need to thrive.

Next Steps

If you suspect that you may have Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or if you’re seeking a formal evaluation, contact Sanctum Healthcare today. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping adults navigate their ASD journey, providing insights, support, and strategies to enhance overall well-being and quality of life.


Child Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD): Understanding the Spectrum of Strengths and Challenges

At Sanctum Healthcare, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for children on the Autistic Spectrum. Autism is a developmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction and behaviour. Children with ASD often exhibit a wide range of strengths and challenges that make each individual unique.

Understanding the Core Symptoms

Social Interaction Challenges

Children with ASD might struggle with social cues, eye contact, and understanding emotions. They may find it challenging to engage in conversations and build relationships with peers.

Communication Differences

Some children with ASD may have delayed speech or difficulty in expressing themselves verbally. Others might use repetitive language or have a limited range of topics they talk about.

Repetitive Behaviours

Repetitive movements, such as hand-flapping or rocking, are common in children with ASD. They may also have intense interests in specific topics and engage in repetitive play.

Overlap with ADHD

It’s important to note that some children with ASD may also exhibit symptoms of ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder). ADHD symptoms can include difficulties with attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Identifying and distinguishing between these symptoms is crucial for accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment planning.

Impact on Daily Life

ASD can have a significant impact on a child’s daily life. Challenges in communication and social interaction can affect their ability to make friends and engage in age-appropriate activities. Sensory sensitivities, such as aversions to certain textures or sounds, can lead to discomfort in various environments.

A Holistic Approach

At Sanctum Healthcare, we take a holistic approach to Child ASD care. Our assessments delve into a child’s strengths, challenges, and individual needs. We consider how ASD and any co-occurring conditions, such as ADHD, impact their daily life, learning, and social interactions.

Tailored Interventions

Our treatment plans are personalised to address the specific needs of each child. We offer evidence-based interventions that support communication, social skills, behaviour management, and sensory sensitivities. We work closely with families and caregivers to ensure a consistent and collaborative approach.

Unlocking Potential

Co-occurring Conditions

Adults with ASD may also experience co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD,  ADHD, or sensory processing disorders. It’s crucial to consider these factors during the assessment process to provide a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s experiences.

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