Hi, I’m Craig Kendall, the author of The Asperger’s Syndrome Survival Guide. In today’s issue we will discuss…
Asperger’s Syndrome / Autism
How to get a diagnosis for an adult?
Although most people with Asperger’s syndrome or high functioning autism are diagnosed as kids, many do not even know they have this disorder until they are adults. Asperger’s syndrome can indeed be diagnosed in adults as well as children, and in a similar way.
However, there are some differences in the diagnosis of adults compared to children. The person doing the diagnosis will concentrate more on the history of the adult seeking the diagnosis. He will ask questions about experiences with social experiences in life.
Has it been easy or hard for you to …
- make friends?
- keep a job?
- deal with workplace politics?
- figure out how to pay your bills?
- do everyday life tasks?
He may ask, how you do in crowded, noisy, busy areas … things like that.
The doctor may ask a family member for a history of what they remember you being like as a child. You may be given a neuropsychological evaluation to test cognitive abilities, IQ, and so on.
But mostly, if the clinician is experienced enough with Asperger’s syndrome and evaluating adults on the autism spectrum, they will simply observe you, your manner of speaking, your manner of interaction, and so on, and coupled with your reported history can usually come up with a diagnosis. Again, this can be subjective, and some doctors are more experienced than others in this area, so look for someone experienced.
These are just a few of the answers you will need to successfully survive and thrive with Asperger’s syndrome / high functioning autism. To learn how to thrive on the autism spectrum, see the books, Asperger’s Guide for Teens and Young Adults and Thriving in Adulthood with Asperger’s Syndrome.