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Question?: Treatment For Autism In Toddlers

David asks…

Where should I look for child care for 3 yr old with mild autism?

admin answers:

Check with your local infant/child care centre, GP or hospital for the relevant information on groups, help and respite for your toddler and for yourself. They should also have current information on the latest treatments and ideas to help you with the day to day care of your child and their individual needs, including child care options. I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Question?: Autistic Spectrum

Susan asks…

What would I have to say to my doc for them to do a cat or mri scan of my brain and have insurance cover it?

I don’t want to be dishonest or anything, but I’ve been having occasional migranes(about one a month and I’ve never had them before until last year). I’d really like them to take a look and see if everything looks normal. Also I have some symptoms that might put me on the “autistic spectrum” so I thought that a scan might give me some comfirmation of that as well. If I told my general care physician that, would that be enough? I have HMO.

admin answers:

Yes. Just go to your GP and describe your symptoms and he’ll do the rest; referring you for the proper tests and all.

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Question?: Autistic Symptoms

Linda asks…

Is autistic spectrum online tests a valid tool for diagnosis?

Seems to be you can do a quiz to diagnose everything these days. A couple of people have suggested I do it as I have alot of the symptoms, but these symptoms are symptoms for various things such as social phobia, panic attack disorder and OCD. How does a doctor usually go about diagnosing something like this?

admin answers:

Online tests of any kind of not valid diagnostic tools. Autism spectrum disorders are complex and tricky to diagnose. A good test can give you an indication, but not a diagnosis. My psychologist diagnosed me with Asperger’s syndrome based on my self-report, an interview with my mom, my performance on a series of cognitive tests, and her observations of my behavior. The whole process took several hours, mostly because of the tests. If you want to be evaluated, you’ll need to see an autism spectrum disorders specialist. Your GP should be able to suggest someone.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Test

Mandy asks…

Where can I get tested for aspergers?

I live on the isle of wight, and through my own online research I believe I may have Aspergers Syndrome, or possibly high functioning autism. I want to know where I can be tested for this.

admin answers:

First of all, talk to your GP. He/She should refer you to someone/ somewhere, though it is a long waiting list.

The only other problem is the travel, I’m not sure if there are any dedicated mental health centres on the isle of white, the closest may be in Totton.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Quiz

Richard asks…

how do you know if you have asperger syndrome?

is there a real good quiz on it on the internet? is there any way to find out?

admin answers:

This quiz http://www.rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php is very detailed and can give you a good indication, but it’s not the same as a diagnosis. The only way to know for sure you have Asperger’s is to be evaluated by a specialist. If you want to be diagnosed, you will need to see a psychologist, psychiatrist, or neurologist who specializes in autism spectrum disorders. Your GP should be able to refer you to someone.

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Question?: Asperger Syndrome Test

William asks…

What are the chances of a female getting diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome in the UK?

I think I may have Aspergers syndrome. I will ask for a referall soon. I am a young female adult will I be taken seriously? Thanks

admin answers:

This is a good question and I have some knowlegde of this.

The likelyhood is that, unless you are obviously disabled looking, your GP won’t think you have it or won’t think you will benefit from having a diagnosis. However, often when you ask a UK GP for a referral, for whatever reason, people often get one, so you might be referred. The problem might then be though is where you are referred to and what diagnostic services are avilable in your local area of the UK. There aren’t many places who know about Aspergers in females and how it presents. People who do know about Asperger’s in females say that females are less aggressive, tend not to have meltdowns that boys do, have better social skills than boys, are more empathetic than boys for example. This means that females are less likely to be diagnosed with Aspergers and many diagnostitians won’t know how to spot it. Tony Attwood is a well renouned expert on Asperger’s including Asperger’s in females so you might find his material useful.

Another problem is that as you are a female adult you have to provide informants who knew you as a child and remember you well as a child. Parents can forget how you were in some ways and are unable to answer the specific questions assessors ask and are sometimes unable to give reliable answers, so a diagnosis might be made on shakey grounds. As a young female adult though your parents’ memory might not be so bad.

So, I think the chances aren’t great that an adult female will be confidently diagnosed. If you were looking to have an assessment for a female child who is having serious difficulties then the chances are higher.

Another quesion is why you would want to be diagnosed with it and how you think it would be helpful. Are you looking for support? There are hardly any services for people with Aspergers. If it is for a child or young person who is at school or college, then it would be helpful in terms of having a support worker, a study helper, computer equipment, extra time in tests etc that is if any of these things are needed. Not all people with Asperger’s need help like this though. You could get this help by being diagnosed with dyslexia though. The difference with a dyslxia diagnosis though is that it only last 2 years and you have to pay for the dyslexia test again if you need extra time for exams (which I think costs about £200 or more). If you have an Asperger diagnosis then I think accommodations for that would stand for life.

If you are an adult female with Asperger’s then be prepared that you won’t recieve any support unless you have mental health problems and need therepy from a psychiatrist or a psychologist – which you would get just the same as if you did not have Asperger’s. So, having an Asperger’s diagnosis wouldn’t make any difference to the services you get.

If you live in London there is an organsation called Prospects who offer support. I don’t know how useful they are.

I know a bit about this issue actually, so if you have any more questions then feel free to e-mail me. Below is a YouTube clip of Tony Attwood talking about females with Asperger’s that might interest you. I have lots of other clips on the subject of Asperger’s in females if you’re interested.

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Question?: Autistic Disorder

Richard asks…

How long does it normally take a peaditrican to diagnose autistic spectrum disorders?

How long does it normally take a peaditrican to diagnose autistic spectrum disorders?
After a number of difficulties with my little boy of almost 9 years ,my GP suggested that he may have something related to the autistic spectrum disorder.He mentioned aspergers syndrome and has refered him to a local peaditrician.We are due to see him this week,will they they be able to tell us on the day if this is the case or is it usual to have a lot more tests etc. Does anyone know the procedure in the UK for this type of diagnosis

admin answers:

We had t have our son see his Doctor, a psychologist, a speech person and then one of the 2 doctors in our state who will officially diagnose kids with it. When we went to see the big Doctor we had all the other doctors notes plus( he was 3 at the time) all the notes we gt from the preschool teachers and the school psychologist. We got enough info t get him diagnosed the day we went to see the Doctor

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Question?: Autistic Disorder

Thomas asks…

How long does it normally take a peaditrican to diagnose autistic spectrum disorders?

After a number of difficulties with my little boy of almost 9 years ,my GP suggested that he may have something related to the autistic spectrum disorder.He mentioned aspergers syndrome and has refered him to a local peaditrician.We are due to see him this week,will they they be able to tell us on the day if this is the case or is it usual to have a lot more tests etc. Does anyone know the procedure in the UK for this type of diagnosis.

admin answers:

We waited 5 years for diagnosis but it was suspected at birth & i thought that was bad enough!! Good luck

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