So I’ve been an avid hand flapper from a young age, my mother repeatedly questioned the health visitor but she just said that I’d grow out of it. Well I’m 16 now, and still hand flap and roll when I’m excited and hyper, as such. I also have a strong dislike for sand. I understand that when meeting me, I do not in anyway seem autistic, but I know that hand flapping is a strong behavioural trait associated with autism. So I’m just wondering whether it would perhaps be worth visiting my GP to see what he says.
Id be very grateful for any advice! I know there’s not a lot to go on, and I barely have any of the characteristics generally seen in an autistic person! But I’m hoping someone can shed some light on the other causes of my hand flapping.
If you're uncertain, you could take an online test and see how you score. They aren't a guarantee but can be an indicator of ASD, and you result would help start a conversation with your GP.
Here's a link if you're interested http://aspergerstest.net/aq-test/
Hi, I am going to see my G.P. on Wednesday. I am a little nervous, but we will see.
I took the AQ test and scored 41. I have suspected for a while that I have Aspergers. Since I have come to accept this, any anxiety has disappeared.
Dare I say, I seem content.
I'm glad you're feeling better, and hope everything goes well for you on Wednesday :)
Many thanks. Feels weird though. It seems I have been playing a character for years.
Now though, I feel myself.,
You might want to have a look at the pages here on the site explaining about diagnosis - how the process works, what the benefits of getting diagnosed are, what to expect on the day of your assessment, and what rights, benefits and additional support you are entitled to if indeed you are diagnosed with ASD. That information is available here: http://www.autism.org.uk/about/diagnosis/adults.aspx
Hopefully this helps you feel less nervous about the process.
Ross - mod