What is Autism?
Autism is a developmental disorder. It is life long and it would have happened before being born, but you can’t just tell you need to be diagnosed, from the age of three to get an idea of where you are on the spectrum.
What is the spectrum?
The spectrum is split up into different areas depending on the result of your autism Assessment . The areas or labels are: Low functioning autism, Mild Autism, High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. All of these make up the Autism Spectrum and these could be anyone, male or female.
How to get diagnosed?
Well that bit is simple. You have to ask for your GP for an autism assessment. Then when they finally say yes, you will given over to a psychologist who will ask lots of questions over two to three days. Think of it as one big interview. The questions to see where you are on the spectrum are largely repetitive but does vary on age. So the test is not the same for a child as it is an adult.
Is there a cure?
There are two answers, both you may like or not like. One is long and the other is short.
So short answer: NO!
Long answer: Hell No! Who says we want a cure. We see thinks differently, we make crowds we don’t follow them. We are the thinkers-au natural.
What causes autism?
Well that is a vary debated topic. So as far as everyone knows we know nothing about where it comes from other then it happens either genetically or developmentally, during pregnancy, so considering we have known about autism for around 100 years. This isn’t a lot.
What is Neurodiversity and where does it fit in with Autism?
Well, firstly let me say that someone has done their homework. Good job me. So let me just split this then.
Firstly we have Neurodiversity, this is where lots of different disabilities have been put in one label called Neurodiversity. These include but doesn’t stop at: Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Bipolar, ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Tourette’s syndrome.
Secondly we have where does autism fit in. Well it does depend who you talk to. Some think it doesn’t really help more hinders and then there are the ones that like it because it a label that isn’t stigmatised yet but allow it to break the ice and get people on the topic of autism. Being neurodiverse doesn’t mean that they are autistic and being autistic doesn’t mean they like the term neurodiverse, I mean read my blog you will find enough prove there.
I will throw this in as well because I am a nice, caring, kind hearted Gecko. The opposite term for this is Neurotypical, this one is used a bit to liberally as it meant to mean people who aren’t neurodiverse but has gone on to mean people who aren’t autistic because we haven’t got an opposite word for autistic and apparently Normies is a bit offensive.
Are there any charities about autism?
Yes there are a lot of different charities, like Autistica, National Autistic Society, Autism Speaks and so many more, some are local charities whilst some are bigger national scale ones around your area. Of course you are always going to get some that may treat you or your area of the spectrum, but hey that’s life.
Are we all like Rainman?
Well I would really like to say yes, but alas we aren’t some are better, some are worse and some are even funnier. The truth is when you meet one autistic person you have met one autistic person.
So these are some of the Frequently asked questions about Autism. If you have any other questions please don’t be ashamed to ask. I may even add it to here.
Here is the link for anyone who want to listen to the podcast episode: https://anchor.fm/allgecko/episodes/Autism-FAQs-ep201t