Doctors didn't have any classmates with ASD?!

This was recently mentioned by a parent.

A high proportion of doctors were educated in independent fee paying schools. These schools generally don't accept children with disabilities of SEN, even if they are academically high ability. It has been known for children with ASD and Asperger syndrome to pass entrance exams for these schools with flying colours, but then get rejected at interview or end up being 'kicked out' in the first term for being weird or not fitting into the environment. This result of this is that such doctors do not have any classmates with ASD in school.

The parent thinks this goes some way to explaining why it's rare to find doctors with any real knowledge of ASD.

  • I'm very familiar with the private education system - you'd be surprised at just how many academically able / disabled kids they take.      In fact, one very high-level school I know of has its sixth form stuffed with aspies - they will all go on to Oxford or Cambridge and be brilliant students - but are socially inept.

    You'd be surprised at just how many doctors & consultants are undiagnosed aspies too - but because they are successful and 'managing ok' they don't ever think about it.       If you think about their work environment, it's all problem solving and data collection - and how often do you hear "He's brilliant, but has a terrible bedside manner...."    Spot the pattern.

  • Unless you are talking about crummy little institutions - like religious schools - the fee paying independent schools round my way don't like taking any weird or 'problem' kids or those with SEN from primary school.

  • No - I'm talking the biggest and most well known.    My daughter went through private education from start to finish and has just graduated with a 1st.    We got to see the range of people and children through the whole system.

    All private schools offer scholarships for underprivileged but academically able kids and most people sending their kids there are not rich - it's just their priorities in life are different - they do without holidays and new cars to pay for their kids education.      I drive an 18 year old car and my wife's is 15 years old.

    Aspie kids do very well in private education because of the money-filter - the horrible bully kids just don't get in and the class sizes are typically 12-14 and the teachers are the very best.   There's strict discipline (order & predictability) so it's ideal for us.

    If you've ever met a lot of Oxbridge students, you'd spot them as undiagnosed aspies within seconds.

  • I don't really agree - you don't necessarily have to have gone to school with a person with autism to know about it. Spending quality time reading up on it, listening to experiences online etc, gives you a good grounding to understand, and meeting/talking to people with it and understanding their difficulties is where the real knowledge comes into it. Most of the doctors who went to school with people with disabilities didn't understand it then either, it's just that their job requires them to interact with them directly and support them x