There are people who have lived with autism all their lives without ever getting a formal diagnosis. Perhaps because autism was less well known or understood when they were young.
For an adult with autism, receiving a diagnosis can be helpful and liberating. Adults who receive a diagnosis are glad to have done so. A diagnosis can help explain why they find some things difficult and why they behave in certain ways.
“I just wish I had known I had autism earlier in life – probably would have reduced my feelings of guilt at not being able to do things.” Adult with Autism
For children, it can mean that any necessary support can be put in place from an early age. For parents it can bring understanding of their child’s behaviours.
Parents and teachers better understand children who were perhaps considered ill-behaved at school and at home. Situations that can trigger extreme behaviours can be avoided.
The following pages provide guidance on how to obtain a diagnosis.
The Vale of Glamorgan Autistic Spectrum Disorder Project Lead Officer
is Keith Ingram, contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org