Well to be more precise, my diagnosis with Asperger's Syndrome was technically suggested by my Kindergarten teacher. I do remember hearing the word "Autism" in there somewhere, but let's be honest here guys, I was and still am one weird person. ... ...
I was different of course and was hard to control at times because I perceived the world differently and didn't understand those pesky rules of socializing. The first time I went to school I remember the teachers having to sit me down and explain why I couldn't randomly pop up from my seat or start singing or push other children out of my seat. I remember hated being told to sit in a desk as I prefer the floor ...
I didn't show the signs of being mentally delayed or anything like that, I was almost as functioning as the other children. The only difference was we didn't understand one another and the only kids who didn't have a problem with me is my two brothers and cousins because we all grew up together and they accepted my odd ways being used to it.
So rules didn't really apply to me and I can only imagine being a hindrance when I went places as people probably though that I was a extremely bratty child who did things his own way when they don't have a single clue why I did the things I did back then, It wouldn't be until maybe the second grade that I was a little more learned in behaving in school.
Now we jump ahead a few years when either my mother though she could make money off of me with social security insurance or maybe the new school suggested it. To be honest, I remember a shit load of doing testing in elementary school ... Let me just say that I'd still to this day play in the playgrounds because that never get's old
I remember getting my brain scanned and taking some IQ test and a couple of weeks later, the doctor confirmed it, I had Aspergers Syndrome ...
Lol I still haven't forgotten the way I mispronounced it at first XD I used to call it Austin Burger's or something like that
There was also some blood testing done which I HATE NEEDLES AND STILL DO !!!!
It was reveled that I was born with another syndrome that I think they said caused my autism called Fragile X Syndrome ... I wish it was a simple thing and not a whole bunch of complications all rolled up into one thing
One of these complications was Dyscalculia, which is the math version of Dyslexia. This killed my liking of math but I learned to treat it the last few years, thanks to that Brain Age
game for the Nintendo DS. It's hard to explain but I noticed a difference after quickly doing simple single digit addition and subtraction as well as another game where you have to add or subtract the number that these foot racers were assigned based on their current positions in the race.
The diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome didn't really surprise me but really answered a lot of things for me.
I remember my mother explaining that I have to try harder than the other kids but God was she missing the point now that I think about it.
It's not that you have to try harder than anyone else but it's what's your lacking in skills that NT's or non Autistic people take granted and was born with. They have these things naturally while we have to learn them ... She was half right except it wasn't mental retardation but more like a selective version of it ....