Adult Autism Diagnosis

Hi all,

I was referred for suspected autism and a couple of weeks later was visited by two people who specialise in autism and were happy to put me in for a diagnosis.

I have no idea what to expect though. They said it would take 3-6 weeks of being obsereved at their centre before a diagnosis can be made.

Does anyone know what I can expect and what they are going to observe me on?


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  • The good thing about a proper lengthy evaluation as opposed to the short two-hour evaluation is that they will get a better idea of who you are. Sometimes, I think, it is good not to know too much about the tests - because that will also show them how you react to unknown stuff and the stress it presents. I hated the forms and questionnaires because it is so hard to answer them accurately. There also were some practical kinds of tests, like puzzles. And lengthy chats about yourself. And I also had to write stuff down about my childhood. There were also questionnaires for people who know you. I think being "observed" sounds rather daunting. I would replace it by "getting to know you". 

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