Autism is a lifelong condition that affects the way a person perceives and relates to the world but what help and support is there in Thanet?
It was only a few years ago that I was formally diagnosed as dyspraxic (as well as dyslexic which would probably come as no surprise to regular readers). My family had seen that I struggled with things other people found easy while at the same time excelling at what, to others, were challenging tasks. In fact my family were starting to wonder if I had asperger's syndrome (an autism spectrum disorder) and I can see why.
Despite help from my GP, who was very supportive, realising that I was "different" and wanting to find out why was not something that the NHS was ultimately able to help me with. I was able, after some pushing, to get an assessment for asperger's syndrome. The breakthrough came when my family paid for a private assessment. Learning I was dyspraxic brought me answers but it also brought many new questions.
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