A perspective on diagnosis


As a parent facing the prospect that your child might be Autistic, especially when you have no previous experience of Autism, it can be a daunting and terrifying prospect.

As an adult, conversely, it can be a liberating experience, allowing you to you realise your true self.

Either way, in this video I have some tips to share.

I'll be mostly covering child diagnosis, but some of it is applicable to adult diagnosis too. 

As I mention in the video, I have covered diagnosis from an adult's perspective, using my own experience and the things i have learnt from other Autistic people and their experiences. So to read my thoughts and experiences of adult diagnosis and how to survive the aftermath, please see my article: An Autistic diagnosis



I truly hope the video has given you some useful information to take away.

I also promise in the video a list of Autistic bloggers and books that can help support parents (and Autistic adults, so it's below.  This list is not final, but part of a project I am working on for an Advocacy networking group I run, so it is subject to change and, the non-inclusion of any writer is not meant as a sleight, more that I either haven't gotten round to reading you or just haven't remembered to include you yet!

Autism Blogs

www.theautisticadvocate.com
http://franklludwig.com/autismappreciation.html
www.autistichoya.com
https://neurodivergentrebel.com/
http://neurowonderful.tumblr.com/
http://nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.co.uk/#sthash.GrfE9vq3.dpuf
https://ollibean.com/tag/amy-sequenzia/
https://autisticzebra.wordpress.com/
https://theoutcast.info
https://boren.blog/
https://autisticate.com/
http://unstrangemind.com
https://michellesuttonwrites.com/
https://un-boxedbrain.com/
http://neurocosmopolitanism.com/
https://insidetherainbow.blog/
http://annsautism.blogspot.co.uk/
https://strangeringodzone.blogspot.co.uk/


List of Further blogs

https://anautismobserver.wordpress.com/

Specific Blog posts

http://silverarabian.tumblr.com/post/129761845454/ages-of-autism
http://talesbytheunexpected.be/autism/analogies/an-analogy-to-explain-autism/
http://www.raggededgemagazine.com/0501/0501cov.htm

Examples of positive support sites that showcase Autistic voices

https://autisticallies.blogspot.co.uk/
https://learnfromautistics.com/

Books written by Autistics

Damian Milton, 10 Rules
http://amzn.to/2o6Tud5

Anthology, All the weight of our dreams
http://amzn.to/2o6UcXN

Neurotribes, Steve Silberman
http://amzn.to/2nZs6hJ

The reason I jump, Naoki Higashida
http://amzn.to/2EGdMV7

Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A young man’s voice from the silence of autism, Naoki Higashida
http://amzn.to/2Ezti55

Uniquely Human, Barry Prizant
http://amzn.to/2o27BQF

Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age, Sarah Hendrickx
http://amzn.to/2o2jWnP

Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adults, Dr Luke Beardon
http://amzn.to/2F1iHxv

Anthology, Bittersweet on the Autism Spectrum (Insider Intelligence)
http://amzn.to/2F3vyiR

The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum, Contributions
http://amzn.to/2o399Kp

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar, Chris Packham
http://amzn.to/2EpvZGX

The Autism Spectrum Guide to Sexuality and Relationships: Understand Yourself and Make Choices that are Right for You, Emma Goodall
http://amzn.to/2o2ySTe

It’s an Autism thing, Emma Dalmayne
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/its-an-autism-thing-ill-help-you-understand-it/id1094687788?mt=11

An Insider’s guide to Asperger Syndrome, Ian Hale
http://amzn.to/2ob08yR

Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder), Lianne Holliday Willey
http://amzn.to/2Hj7KYZ

Born On a Blue Day, Daniel Tammet
http://amzn.to/2o5s3Rs

Loud hands: Autistic people speaking, Anthology
http://amzn.to/2EL6Plj

Guerilla Aspies: The Guerilla Aspies Handbook, Paul Wady
http://amzn.to/2Cr62AN

Non-English Language

Autismus mal anders: Einfach, authentisch, autistisch, Aleksander Knauerhase
http://amzn.to/2F9bVpC




***Please be aware that this list is permanently evolving.  Nobody has been left off deliberately. Submissions will be considered***

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