You are not alone and there is lots of help available.
Diagnosing a condition
If you have read the symptoms pages and you think that you may have one of the conditions mentioned you first need to speak to your local health service to find out specifically what you need to do. If you are over 18 and without a diagnosis, then you might have to pay privately for an assessment. Before they can diagnose a condition they normally proceed with tests. The tests that they do will help them to work out wether they then might need to refer you to another specialist.
Treatments can vary from medication to therapy. Your doctor or specialist should go through the different options available to you.
If your doctor thinks your speech could be improved you might be referred to Speech and Language Therapy. Some autistic adolescents might to be able to talk; therefore they can help with verbal communication skills and so greatly influence a persons socialisation process whether in school or at work.
Occupational Therapy covers a large area which involves visual, hearing and motor skills. For some people help with fine visual and motor skills are needed for handwriting others might need help in visual perception, neurological and postural control or the planning and organisation of tasks.
Counselors may play a vital role in helping people come to terms with their diagnoses. They can help with their learning styles and with the general trails and tribulations of life. For youngsters they can also help by giving a behaviour plan at school and at home.
The Autistic Spectrum Condition(ASC)Team provides assessments of social care needed and support, subject to eligibility criteria, for people aged 18+ affected by high-functioning autism and their cares.
Contact: 01384 813925 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Autism Drop-in Service - a Tuesday morning social group for adults affected by high-functioning autism and their carers, based in Stourbridge.
Enquiries to the ASC Team on 01384 213925
Check out the links page for organisations that might be able to offer help and support.
By far the most important factor in helping yourself is YOU!
If you let yourself get down and be beaten then you will be. But if you get the information about your condition, know you are not the only one, get as much help as you can and approach life with determination then your life will be far better than perhaps it is at the moment.