A perspective on diagnosis – The Autistic Advocate

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

All Amazon links are affiliate links.  That means if you click on them and choose to buy them, I will get a tiny percentage of what you pay. It doesn’t cost you any extra, it just means that you’re supporting meSource: A perspective on diagnosis – The Autistic Advocate

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