I meant to write this one and post it after the first but illness and strong cocodamol got the better of me the past few days. Now where was I….
I was called into the room and the lady doing my assessment could not have been more reassuring and calming, which was the biggest help at that point. She explained what was going to happen and asked me some questions on my knowledge of autism, what my hopes and fears were for the assessment and those kinds of things and then we dived straight into it. I was right in that it was going to be a lot of talking, 90% of the assessment was questions being asked and discussions on topics being had and then there was a small practical assessment as well. Because ADHD is quite common with people also diagnosed as autistic there is also a little bit of testing for that as well, which also helps but I’ll get to that part.
I was very lucky in that, after everything was finished, I was asked if I wanted to know the result there and then. Of course I was very eager to find out. Based on the 2 and a half hours of assessment I was definitely Autistic and I also showed signs of ADHD. To me that was fantastic news but also a little bit shocking as I had never thought that I could possibly have ADHD as well, to me that was something people had who has loads of energy and I was the opposite but I was wrong in my thinking. There was a bit more talking on what this meant for me and I was put on the waiting list to get a formal ADHD diagnosis (something that can take 2 years in my area due to lack of resources).
Now I have another wait to get the official report but I can finally say that I actually have ASD and can start looking to the future and looking into the things that work for me.
It was a huge relief that I got the answer at the end of my assessment but it doesn’t always go that way, I was warned at the start that it’s not always clear cut and the evidence needs to be reviewed sometimes but the way I answered everything and the way I responded in the practical tests is classic autism apparently so it was easy for her to give me an answer.
All the information given to me during the assessment is still sinking in days later but I’ll also receive it all written down in the report, along with some resource information as well. My plan now is to get through the next week of more assessments and appointments and then I can breath and move forward.
Even though my plan for this blog was to document my life while waiting diagnosis doesn’t mean I’m giving up on it, there’s still a lot to navigate and a lot of information I feel I can still share with people so I’m not going anywhere just yet.