Did you always think there was something slightly different about me? Do you think I have autistic tendancies?
Whilst my eldest, A, was being diagnosed with Autism, it was suggested - to my shock - that the apple didn't fall far from the tree, and I should be investigated. I was 36 and had been through school, college, university and work without a diagnosis. It took me a while to accept, but when A was diagnosed with autism in October 2018, my youngest, C, and myself were referred by the GP for a diagnosis.
Meanwhile, my job changed underneath me 2-3 years ago, and I have found myself in a job where the same characteristics that make me great at data analytics - some of the things that make me me - have caused issues and an urgent diagnosis now appears to have become a necessity.
I have today been offered an appointment with the Priory for diagnosis tomorrow night, but the cost is prohibitive at £850 for a two hour appointment - twice what was originally discussed.
I now believe I have high functioning autism spectrum - commonly known as Aspergers Syndrome. If you can spare even just a tenner it would help.
If you have found me to be any of the below, please consider supporting this campaign. Thank you.
Autistic Spectrum Disorder - Aspergers Syndrome
* People with Aspergers syndrome see, hear and feel the world differently to other people * It is lifelong condition – not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured’ * Asperger syndrome is a fundamental aspect of their identity * Autism is a spectrum condition * People with Asperger syndrome are of average or above average intelligence * They may have specific learning difficulties * They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language * In particular, autistic language abilities tend to be highly literal; people without autism often inappropriately attribute hidden meaning to what people with autism say or expect the person with autism to sense such unstated meaning in their own words. * Inability to focus * Poor judgment * Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side * Persistent difficulties with social communication and social interaction SOCIAL COMMUNICATION * Autistic people, including those with Asperger syndrome, have difficulties with interpreting both verbal and non-verbal language like gestures or tone of voice * Many have a very literal understanding of language, and think people always mean exactly what they say * They may find it difficult to use or understand: # facial expressions # tone of voice # jokes and sarcasm # vagueness # abstract concepts * People with Asperger syndrome usually have good language skills, but they may still find it hard to understand the expectations of others within conversations - e.g. talking at length about their own interests * It often helps to speak in a clear, consistent way and to give people time to process what has been said to them SOCIAL INTERACTION * People with Asperger syndrome often have difficulty 'reading' other people - recognising or understanding others’ feelings and intentions - and expressing their own emotions. This can make it very hard for them to navigate the social world *They may: # appear to be insensitive # seek out time alone when overloaded by other people # not seek comfort from other people # appear to behave ‘strangely’ or in a way thought to be socially inappropriate