Though our understanding of autism has greatly expanded, many autistic individuals are still missed or misdiagnosed. This highly accessible book clarifies many ways that autism can present, particularly in people who camouflage to hide their autistic traits.

The authors take the reader step by step through the diagnostic criteria, incorporating the latest research as well as quotes from over 100 autistic contributors that bring that research to life. They also describe many aspects of autism that are not included in the current diagnostic criteria, such as autistic strengths and co-occurring disorders. Readers will learn about highly relevant topics, such as different types of empathy, sensory systems that are not well known, neuro-crash and burn out, and relative versus absolute thinking.

This book provides a deep, current, and neurodiversity-affirmative understanding of the less obvious presentations of autism. It is relevant to all healthcare professionals, educators, family members, autistic individuals, and anyone who is curious about autism. A clinical companion guide, Is This Autism? A Companion Guide for Diagnosing, is available for clinicians who make mental health diagnoses.

chapter |24 pages


part One|146 pages

What can autism actually look like?

chapter Chapter 1|5 pages

Our framework

The current diagnostic criteria

chapter Chapter 2|24 pages


chapter Chapter 3|24 pages

Nonverbal communication

chapter Chapter 4|21 pages


chapter Chapter 5|15 pages

Repetitive or idiosyncratic behavior

chapter Chapter 6|18 pages


chapter Chapter 7|16 pages

Intense or atypical interests

chapter Chapter 8|21 pages

Sensory differences

part Two|84 pages

What else might be part of this presentation?

chapter Chapter 9|56 pages

Common co-occurring challenges

chapter Chapter 10|25 pages

Autistic strengths

chapter |1 pages

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