Safety tips for autistic adults during a solar eclipse

Autism Diagnosis in Adults: Importance of Seeking Guidance for Appropriate Support and Resources

Autism is a complex condition that can be challenging to diagnose in adults. While the understanding and recognition of autism in adults have improved over the years, misconceptions about it persist, leading to many cases going undiagnosed until adulthood. Theresa Regan, PhD, the lead neuropsychologist at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, emphasizes the importance of accurately diagnosing autism in every individual to provide appropriate support and resources.

It is crucial to protect your eyes during the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8. The light from an eclipse can cause serious damage to the eyes, potentially resulting in permanent vision loss. Dr. Ben Kemp, an emergency physician with OSF HealthCare, stresses the importance of using specially made eclipse glasses or welder’s goggles rated 14 or higher for safe viewing. NASA recommends using specialized solar telescopes or solar binoculars as well.

Children should be supervised closely during the eclipse and should use proper solar filters and eclipse glasses. Taking precautions to protect your eyes during the eclipse is vital to avoid any potential harm. Dr. Kemp emphasizes that protecting your eyes will prevent any long-term consequences from staring directly at the sun without eye protection.

Individuals who are self-aware and concerned about potentially being on the autism spectrum should speak with a medical provider for guidance and support. By seeking guidance and support, individuals can gain a better understanding of themselves and access necessary resources for their well-being.

Autism characteristics typically manifest in childhood but may not be recognized until adulthood, especially in more complex situations like navigating relationships. It is essential to accurately diagnose autism in every individual to provide appropriate support and resources. Theresa Regan encourages individuals who suspect they may be on the autism spectrum to seek guidance from a medical provider for proper diagnosis and support.

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