Is Tim autistic? Does Tim have ASD tendancies?

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

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • £20 
    • 7 mos
  • Ian Richardson 
    • £50 
    • 7 mos

Organizer 

Tim Cox 
Organizer
Preston, North West England, United Kingdom
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