Up until my autism diagnosis was confirmed I was aware of all my symptoms and how I presented, but I had no diagnosis on my neurological symptoms.
Through researching the Autism arising from my cerebral palsy brain damage and my Consultant’s findings, I finally understand my Autism and its characteristics. Like difficulties with abstract, imaginative or flexible thoughts, the need for me to be in a routine, difficulty with change, meeting people for the first time, difficulties with a new environment and having a black and white all or nothing thinking.
I also understand my unusual sensory experiences. These experiences include over and under-sensitivity, difficulties in multi- tasking and processing more than one piece of information at a time and having a delayed processing of those inputs. If too much information is present, they cause my brain to sensory overload and that creates my anxiety, so I try to avoid those.
I have problems with sight, smell, hearing and touch. As a result of over-sensitivity to touch I struggle with light and deep pressure touch and with certain textures like Brillo pads and textured fabrics, although there are certain textures that feel comforting. I also have problems with spatial perception. I struggle with guttural sounds and loud noises.
Lastly, I meet the criteria of having Autism Spectrum Disorder (based on the assessment criteria of the DSM-5 scale) which is commonly called Asperger Syndrome. My Consultant has scored me 108 out of a possible 240, with scores above 65 being indicative of Autism.