…because you just might get it.
When I wrote about autism for the first time in 2010, I felt a bit like I had to justify myself through my son’s diagnosis. I explained what we went through to get him formally diagnosed, and how through that process, I’d come to suspect that I have Asperger’s Syndrome. However, some sections of the autistic community don’t accept self-diagnosed Aspies as “legitimate”. It seems that there are many people who do a couple of online “autism tests”, then declare themselves to have Asperger’s syndrome.
Because of this, I’ve been hesitant to write about it further. I wanted that formal diagnosis. Everything that I read, and the reflections that I saw in my son said to me “this is you, too”, but I wanted a clinical psychologist to sit across from me, and tell me that it wasn’t my imagination.