Because my parents didn’t 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.
Certain triggers I have mentally, have affected 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.
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.
Autism Spectrum Disorder isn’t a learning disability, but it can affect learning. Autism has a broader impact on how a child develops. It affects a child’s social skills and how they learn to communicate. Autism can also affect a child’s understanding.
Looking back on my childhood struggles, I can now put some of my struggles into perspective. As a child, the specialist I was under was concerned about my intelligence and learning and told my father they wanted to assess me. I remember the conversation as if it were yesterday.
The specialist left it to my father to report back periodically once I started school and that was ignored. Looking back at teacher comments on my school reports, it was clear I continued to struggle with my learning. It was also clear from my reports, there were continual concerns about my learning and my abilities around learning. The signs were all there.
It’s taken a lot of years, but finally and for the first time I am exonerated. I am a special needs child, which I am okay with.