My Asperger’s was first noticed by my sister as she has a son who is on the Autistic spectrum, she saw a lot of similar traits so suggested I may have Autism.
I went on the internet and gathered lots of information, read as much as I could, then concluded that she may be right. My next move was paying a visit to my GP which was quite disheartening as he knew VERY little about Autism.
As he was clueless, he offered to refer me for a formal diagnosis.
Initially I decided to leave it as I thought it was too much hassle, but on going home and thinking about it, I decided I would go for a formal diagnosis as I was fed up with being in “nowhere land” knowing there was something wrong with me, thinking it was some sort of Autism but not knowing for sure.
I went back to the clueless GP again, he then referred me to CLASS, The Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service..
Prior to my assessment, I had forms to fill in, so did other family members which covered a lot of my childhood, mainly my behaviour. So on the day of my appointment, I sat and talked for an hour or so with a doctor, had a few tests which I scored highly on, for example.
Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) I scored 47 out of 50
Empathy Quotient (EQ) 7 out of 80
Relatives questionnaire (RQ) 27 out of 31
My IQ Scoring.
(Verbal Comprehension Index) score was 98, this score falls into the Average Range
(Perceptual Reasoning Index) score was 135, this score falls into the Very Superior Range
(Working Memory Index) score was 133, this score falls into the Very Superior Range
(Processing Speed Index) Score was 92, this score fall into the Average Range
With these scores and my assessment, I was diagnosed there and then with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Aspergers Syndrome).
I was just in time to get that diagnosis as they were about to change the diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome to just having ASD-Autism Spectrum Disorder. You would be diagnosed as having either
Autism (Classic Autism)
PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder)
Mine was and is obviously Aspergers syndrome.
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