My younger son has just been diagnosed with ASD at the age of 13. My eldest is 18 and awaiting assessment. We'd always felt they might be but till fairly recently school and health staff didn't agree with this. I was stunned when son's diagnosis was actually confirmed as I expected to be told I was making it up. I've a fair bit of knowledge of autism as my brother-in-law is autistic and a lot of my husband's family have a lot of autistic traits but aren't diagnosed. However, I didn't really know much about women on the spectrum till now. The more I read, the more I feel like it fits for me in a lot of ways and would help explain why I've struggled a lot in life. I think other parents have had this feeling after their child's diagnosis but I don't know whether to just leave it (I'm late 40s so not exactly young) or to take it further. Would love to hear people thoughts if they've been through similar.
Hello, I was diagnosed at 61. At your young age it is entirely up to you. :-) There is a screening test here: https://psychology-tools.com/test/autism-spectrum-quotient, it is not definitive but will give you a pointer.
You may be interested in this article and video entitled, “The women who don’t know they’re autistic”. This is a site called Spectrum Women.All the best. Graham.
Thanks very much Graham. I hope your diagnosis has been beneficial whatever age it came at. The Spectrum Women site looks interesting - and my AQ score is 38 which 'merits further investigation'.
My partner has always struggled with certain parts of day to day life, self imposed routines/ rules sensory problems lack of social tact seeming rude, hating eye contact but had just got on with it thinking that it was just him, just the way he was he learnt how he was expected to behave/ react to situations and does that even though it is not what he truly thinks. When it became apparent that our eldest daughter was in all likelihood autistic we started researching and his life suddenly made sense, he won't do anything with it but at least he knows and we can help at home