Diagnosis

Regardless of an “official” diagnosis, AANE is here to support you in your questions about your Asperger profile. That said, many people choose to seek a diagnosis from a professional for many reasons. This process can be confusing to anyone, as the designations can change from year to year, and there is on-going debate among professionals and non-professionals regarding the parameters of diagnosis. Some individuals go through their own exploration of self-diagnosis without official testing with a professional.

Know that diagnosis, by its very nature, describes broad generalizations. Here at AANE, regardless of your diagnosis, we recognize your unique experience as an individual.

Essential Resources:

Professionals who can diagnose Asperger’s/Autism
Diagnosis in Adults
What is an Asperger Profile?
Safety: Medical ID Bracelets and Wallet Card
The Asperger/Autism Network Interview – A New Understanding of Asperger’s and Autism

 

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Asperger/Autism Spectrum Fact Sheet

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The Asperger/Autism Network Interview – A New Understanding of Asperger’s and Autism

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A Late Diagnosis, Questions Answered, and Self-Acceptance

01/06/2021
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It’s Never Too Late

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Trastorno del Espectro Autista/ Perfil de Asperger, Entendiendo el Diagnostico y Primero

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Me and My ASD: Our Working Relationship

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By Becca Lory It has been three years since I got my official Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis and quite a bit has changed in my life since, not the least of which is that I have adjusted my life to accommodate the specific challenges that my ASD presents for me. But getting here was no... more

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The Self-Discovery of One Aspie Woman

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I had always thought of myself as a sensitive and independent introvert who had found her way after an anxious and lonely childhood. When I hit 40 years old, something shifted – so many of my peers had reached the traditional milestones of marriage, children, home buying, etc., none of which I... more

Asperger/Autism Disclosure Stories

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Parallel Play Book Talk

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Perspectives on Adult Life: Adult Panel Discusses Living with AS/ASD (Part 4 of 4)

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