Because my parents didn’t think to ask questions about my neurological symptoms, I am still having to piece those symptoms together through various medical notes. It’s a disorder that affects my emotions, self-control, memory and my ability to learn.
Sadly, certain triggers I have mentally, affect developmental factors over the years, which has a bearing on the way I think and the thinking process. And although I haven’t had the official testing done for Autism and Asperger’s I have neurological symptoms for both.
Having already taken a test for Autism and Asperger’s I came out just below the border line on the test score for Asperger’s and through the Autism test, my learning is affected. Asperger’s Syndrome is explained as a developmental disorder, by impairments in restrictive and repetitive patterns of thought and behaviour, as well as in language and communication skills, all of which I struggle with to some degree.
Although Autism Spectrum Disorder isn’t a learning disability, it does affect learning. Autism has a broader impact on how a child develops. It affects a child’s social skills and how children learn to communicate. Autism also affects a child’s understanding. Sadly, although my neuro symptoms we’re constantly being overlooked as a child, it was obvious to me I struggled.
Looking back on my childhood struggles now, puts some of my struggles into perspective. Although my intelligence was ignored by my parents as a child, the Specialist I was under questioned my intelligence and my learning capabilities. I remember that conversation as if it were yesterday. He also wasn’t sure how I would cope in school.
The Specialist left it to my parents that they would report back, but that was completely ignored. But looking back on my school reports and my social skills, it was clear that I struggled with both. It was also clear to me from my school reports (that I no longer have because I was too upset to keep them) that there were continual concerns about how I would learn and my abilities around learning. The signs were all there.
Through no follow ups and my desire now to uncover all my symptoms, I have been proved right; that I do have a problem with learning and that sadly explains my continual struggles in school over the years. I have now found a way to learn and how to be social, which is different to how others learn.