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How You May Respond to an Asperger's Syndrome Diagnosis

Part of the Asperger’s Syndrome For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Some people feel very relieved when they or their child receives an accurate diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome or another Autistic Spectrum Condition. Other people feel that a label stigmatises them and aren’t happy using the label to describe themselves. Thinking about the pros and cons of diagnosis and what it means for you, your child and family is worthwhile.

Here are some of the pros and cons that you may want to consider:

First, the pros:

  • An accurate diagnosis gives people with ASCs and their families access to the right specialist support and services.

  • An early diagnosis for children provides access to early intervention, which may increase opportunity and quality of life later on.

  • A diagnosis acts as a signpost to professionals, family and friends to help them know how best to support the individual.

  • A diagnosis may help you to understand yourself and the struggles or successes you have faced in your life.

  • A diagnosis may bring a sense of relief.

  • A diagnosis may give access to appropriate financial help.

Now the cons:

  • You may feel that having a label is demeaning.

  • A diagnosis emphasises disability and makes people see a label rather than an individual person.

  • A diagnosis may make you feel upset, guilty or angry.

  • A diagnosis may be difficult to come to terms with.

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