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    I'm 16 and I'm being urged by school to seek a diagnosis. As long as I can remember, I have been different and I have a younger sister with ASD. When my sister was in the process of being diagnosed my mum mentioned to school (primary) that I have very similar behaviours but the school then said "she's too clever to have ASD" and so have gone through school really struggling in many ways. When it was mentioned to me again the other day I said I can't have it because I'm (somewhat) smart- this was based on my primary experience of being told this.
    I will list a few of my behaviours just for reference: I hate loud sounds (they make me so anxious and I have to get out of the room), I cannot stand being touched even if it's my hair, a single sound ie tapping takes over completely and I lose concentration of what I'm meant to be focusing on, I still won't eat certain foods because of their texture, I have receptive actions (hand flapping and pacing), I have awful motor skills (can't tie shoe laces, use a knife and fork and in general very clumsy), I walk with a bounce/twirl, my school attendance in sixth form is awful because I miss a lot of free period days because it worries and stresses me as there's little structure to the day, I know all my teachers number plates, I know most tennis statistics of the open era but can't actually watch the game/have no interest in watching it, I'm horrendous with change, I react inappropriately to most social situations (I laugh when a matter is serious or become very defensive), I'm very literal and black and white, I have 1 friend only, poor eye contact, can't keep conservation going, find it easier to communicate with people not my age, lack of empathy and need to be spoken to in a VERY simple way to understand people's point.

    All of those are things teachers have noticed by the way (they gave me a list and are persuading me to make a doctors appointment).

    Do you think a doctors appointment would be worth it?
    Does anyone have a story of getting diagnosed late teen?
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    No harm in getting it checked out
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    All the people who told you that you're too smart to have ASD don't know what they are talking about. There is such a thing as highly functioning autism, which used to be referred to as Aspergers. Those people with ASD can actually even have above average intelligence.

    Go to a doctor while you're still under 18. It becomes a lot harder once you become an adult because then there's suddenly a lot less resources, there's less everything. When I first went to a doctor about this she said she's not even sure if it's even possible for an adult to get a diagnosis in my area. And assuming you intend to continue your education, the extra support you will get from a diagnosis can be extremely helpful. Especially at A levels and above when you really start to notice the struggle caused by ASD.
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    (Original post by Nadile)
    All the people who told you that you're too smart to have ASD don't know what they are talking about. There is such a thing as highly functioning autism, which used to be referred to as Aspergers. Those people with ASD can actually even have above average intelligence.

    Go to a doctor while you're still under 18. It becomes a lot harder once you become an adult because then there's suddenly a lot less resources, there's less everything. When I first went to a doctor about this she said she's not even sure if it's even possible for an adult to get a diagnosis in my area. And assuming you intend to continue your education, the extra support you will get from a diagnosis can be extremely helpful. Especially at A levels and above when you really start to notice the struggle caused by ASD.
    Can I ask what age you were at the diagnosis?
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    (Original post by Lucofthewoods)
    Can I ask what age you were at the diagnosis?
    I've not had it yet >.> I'm currently trying to be referred at 21, 3rd year of uni. This is why I think you should do it now while it's still easy for you to access. I am still getting the same DSA though, but I've applied for it through mental health stuff. This is the first year I'm getting any form of DSA and I honestly had no idea how much support you can get.
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    (Original post by Nadile)
    I've not had it yet >.> I'm currently trying to be referred at 21, 3rd year of uni. This is why I think you should do it now while it's still easy for you to access. I am still getting the same DSA though, but I've applied for it through mental health stuff. This is the first year I'm getting any form of DSA and I honestly had no idea how much support you can get.
    Okay, so if I was to go to the doctor, what do I need to say to convince him/her that I need an assessment?
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    (Original post by Lucofthewoods)
    Okay, so if I was to go to the doctor, what do I need to say to convince him/her that I need an assessment?
    Why do you need an assessment? That's what you need to explain.
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    (Original post by Lucofthewoods)
    Okay, so if I was to go to the doctor, what do I need to say to convince him/her that I need an assessment?
    All the things that make you think you have ASD. So basically what you wrote in this thread. If you want to make your case more convincing then you can also take a screening test and tell/show them the results, and/or look up ASD symptoms in little children and check with your parents if you did those things (if you don't know this already)
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    your school needs to refer you to the local service. your gp can do it but its better from school. just to be aware once you turn 18 you will need a new one. we ended going private because there is no service for testing teens where we live.
 
 
 
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