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What are the benefits of an ASD diagnosis as an adult?

SuzRSuzR Posts: 3Member Listener
This discussion was created from comments split from: Hi, I'm Violet, ask me questions about ASD.

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  • SuzRSuzR Posts: 3Member Listener
    What are the benefits of an ASD assessment, for mature adults?
  • Chris_ScopeChris_Scope Posts: 695Member Chatterbox
    @Ariel thankyou very much for sharing your story and experiences with the community, I'm sure it will be of benefit to others.
  • VioletFennVioletFenn Posts: 101Member, Community advisor Chatterbox
    That's a really good point about accommodations, @Ariel - I've done the same as you and basically decided to be upfront about not being able to cope with phone calls. I can't get away with them entirely (as a freelance writer I sometimes have no option but to interview someone over the phone), but I feel so much better for just telling people!
  • ArielAriel Posts: 16Member Talkative
    @VioletFenn - My apologies, I have just discovered that there's an 'Ask an advisor' section, and that this question is in it. I hadn't realised there was a specific section for answers from advisors, oops!
  • MrsLogicMrsLogic Posts: 42Member Whisperer
    I don't regret getting a diagnosis at the age of 39 - it's helped me understand myself so much better than before.
  • VioletFennVioletFenn Posts: 101Member, Community advisor Chatterbox
    Ahahaha, no worries at all, @Ariel ;)

  • davidj49davidj49 Posts: 63Member Talkative
    SuzR said:
    What are the benefits of an ASD assessment, for mature adults?
    The benefit is that it explains everything. Why life maybe hasn't  gone to plan, why jobs are difficult to hold on to, and why friendships are so awkward, why you may prefer to be on your own at times when others love to be around friends and strangers.Why eating is a ritual and phones ringing are the stuff of nightmares.

    An Autism assessment is a Godsend.
  • SuzRSuzR Posts: 3Member Listener
    edited February 17
    Thanks for the answers.
  • garykgaryk Posts: 7Member Listener
    SuzR said:
    This discussion was created from comments split from: Hi, I'm Violet, ask me questions about ASD.
    Hi Violet.What type of questions would I be asked at my diagnosis ?
  • VioletFennVioletFenn Posts: 101Member, Community advisor Chatterbox
    Hi @garyk

    NAS answer this far more clearly than I ever could - you can find loads of information about what's involved with assessment here

    All I can say from personal experience is that it helps to keep notes beforehand of anything you think of - things that affect your day to day life, etc - because if you're anything like me your mind will go blank the second you're asked! Good luck.
  • davidj49davidj49 Posts: 63Member Talkative
    But what questions were you asked in your assessment?
  • garykgaryk Posts: 7Member Listener
    Thank u to Everyone that commented , helping me re ASD Diagnosis & a bit of theory.
  • davidj49davidj49 Posts: 63Member Talkative
    I had my assessment 5 years ago.
  • davidj49davidj49 Posts: 63Member Talkative
    garyk said:
    Thank u to Everyone that commented , helping me re ASD Diagnosis & a bit of theory.

    Questions about making friends growing up, pretend play, holding down jobs, about taking things literally, set routines,  sensory issues(cold floor, wet sand) struggling in school,theory of mind etc........ many many many questions.
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