Hi all, I have a 9 yo dd who I have suspected from babyhood to be on the spectrum but Iv ignored and tried to manage symptoms on my own (badly). She is high functioning but I wonder if there are any benefits in seeking a diagnosis when she has no learning disability or physical impairments. she is a high achiever at school but I just am worried that I don't have the knowledge or tools for her as she enters her teens.
In my opinion it is far better to be diagnosed at the earliest possible age. A diagnosis will allow her to access help and elicit understanding, particularly if she is academically gifted and goes on to university.
This may sound awful ignorant but I'm scared I guess of her, me being judged by school. I would prefer then not to know I was going to get her an assessment.