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.
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!
List of Further blogs
Specific Blog posts
Books written by Autistics
Damian Milton, 10 Rules
Anthology, All the weight of our dreams
Neurotribes, Steve Silberman
The reason I jump, Naoki Higashida
Fall Down Seven Times, Get Up Eight: A young man’s voice from the silence of autism, Naoki Higashida
Uniquely Human, Barry Prizant
Women and Girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Understanding Life Experiences from Early Childhood to Old Age, Sarah Hendrickx
Autism and Asperger Syndrome in Adults, Dr Luke Beardon
Anthology, Bittersweet on the Autism Spectrum (Insider Intelligence)
The Guide to Good Mental Health on the Autism Spectrum, Contributions
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar, Chris Packham
The Autism Spectrum Guide to Sexuality and Relationships: Understand Yourself and Make Choices that are Right for You, Emma Goodall
It’s an Autism thing, Emma Dalmayne
An Insider’s guide to Asperger Syndrome, Ian Hale
Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder), Lianne Holliday Willey
Born On a Blue Day, Daniel Tammet
Loud hands: Autistic people speaking, Anthology
Guerilla Aspies: The Guerilla Aspies Handbook, Paul Wady
Autismus mal anders: Einfach, authentisch, autistisch, Aleksander Knauerhase
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