I’m getting questions from folks that are very helpful, and make it easier for me to think about how to discuss these issues. I thought I’d start posting some of those questions and my responses here. First up: a question from April Till on the Invisible Strings Facebook page!
Was receiving a diagnosis personally or professionally useful?
I would say it was personally useful, because in going so long without a diagnosis, I developed a lot of coping strategies that were not very helpful. I didn’t understand my social/sensory differences; I put a lot of effort into hiding them, and this was a pretty destructive thing to do, emotionally speaking. So, with a diagnosis, I was able to adapt accordingly and develop (with the help of a very kind autism specialist) coping strategies that were more beneficial. [Read more…]