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 wasn’t sure how I would cope in school.
The specialist left it to my father to report back and that was completely ignored. Looking back on my school reports it was clear that I continued to struggle to learn. 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 my learning 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 exonerated. I do have a problem with learning. I have now found a way to learn, which is different to how others learn.