I have not been diagnosed, nor tested for autism but I’m just wondering if it’s worth getting looked at ?

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. 

Thanks again 


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  • Hi NAS36420,

    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.

    Best wishes,

    Ross - mod

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