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.
Looking back on my childhood struggles, puts some of my struggles into perspective. As a child although my intelligence was ignored by my parents, the specialist I was under was concerned about my intelligence and my learning. I remember the conversation as if it were yesterday. He also wasn’t sure how I would cope in school.
The specialist left it to my father to report back, but that was completely ignored, but looking back on my school reports it was clear that I struggled in school. It was also clear from my school reports that I no longer have because I was too upset to keep them, 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 explains my continual struggles in school over the years.
I have now found a way to learn, which is different to how others learn.