The severity of the disorder varies, but most people affected by it can lead a normal life, often as very successful academics. However, experts warn that diagnosis may be difficult: "The cost and difficulty of screening and assessment can delay diagnosis. Conversely, the increasing popularity of drug treatment options and the expansion of benefits has motivated providers to over diagnose ASD."
Learning Style Analysis is not a tool for diagnosing ASD, however, it can provide guidance to determine whether further assistance from a specialist may be required. Some learning style trends displayed by ASD sufferers include:
- highly analytic with a non-preference for global information processing
- a preference to study alone
- a preference for a formal study area
- a non-preference for change
- high persistence
- internal motivation.