Was asked whether I had ever considered testing to see whether I was on the autistic spectrum as I have mentioned the possibility on several occasions. I have mixed feelings about testing. I guess I would feel more comfortable if the mental health lot decided it was enough of a possibility to warrant putting me forward for assessment. Whilst I think I have an above average amount of autistic traits I’m not sure I would meet the full criteria for an ASD diagnosis. I actually think I fit nonverbal learning disorder a little better but that is scarcely recognised in the UK and is not an official clinical diagnosis.
Whether or not I’m on the spectrum I’m certainly neurodiverse and have difficulties/problems stemming from that. The fear is that if the decision was I’m not autistic that would shut down discussion and help for my issues, as in it’s an all or nothing,autistic or not, situation.
I wonder how many have this ambivalence about testing as though a negative assessment might/would shut down any acknowledgement of their issues.
Too many people have seen Rain Man, so an Aspie DX comes with its own stigmas and no additional treatment that I can discern.
My wife the teacher has autistic kids put in her class without aides as an ‘inclusiveness’ measure when you can tell all they are really doing is saving money. My wife has no Special Ed training and can’t do much, especially with 29 normal kids in the class who can’t have their learning sabotaged by the one who moves at half speed.j
my goodness, that sounds like a nightmare for her. I worked with people on the spectrum for a while, who were well below their biological age, and I could not imagine being tossed in a situation without formal supervision and extensive training! I’d feel so nervous
I think that autism behavioral analysis really is beneficial for both the kids and the caretakers, it makes me sad knowing that they aren’t training towards effective communication on a daily basis, like an aide would do…and frustration is the number one feeling behind destructive behavior for my former clients, I can only imagine how frustrated they’d be if they got put 6 levels above them with nobody to guide them!
I wasn’t ready to talk about hallucinations, etc, but my first step in wanting to find out what was wrong with me was to a psychologist to be tested for ASD. After two meetings and a lengthy questionnaire, it was the psychologist’s opinion that I didn’t have ASD… He was right.