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There are a number of things that can be done whilst waiting two years for an Autism diagnosis. Sadly none are suggested directly by the NAS website.

However, most of the tips are from various areas on the NAS website. I have started but I know NAS can do a better job. Thank you.

 

  1. The CAB is your friend go there, call them up, or write to them for help, and get more help.. And more help. Ask what to do next. And if you forget go back. If you can't write fast enough, ask them to write it down. Double check the information with sources.
    1. You will need several areas. Research, Call log, Projects, Tasks, Monkey mind, Law, todo
  2. Go to the stationers, Buy a large diary (or blank notebook and make your own), an a4 note pad and some erasable pens. Start writing, about your feelings and difficulties and note what you are doing to overcome them. E.g. Prompting yourself, by leaving reminders, if others are reminding you is fine. Buy a folder and keep all the paperwork in it.
  3. Get your finances in order. The CAB will ask you about how you are coping. Saying good, or okay or fine is not acceptable if you are describing looking down the back of the sofa for lunch money. It is better to seek help to maintain your living than scrabble at the last hour. The income-related benefits are often called gateway or passport benefits that enable you to get help with legal aid. The following are benefits are legally available for those that qualify;
    1. Housing benefit
    2. JSA, ESA (sick and working)
    3. Working tax credits with disability (sick and working)
    4. Universal credit.
    5. PIP - send of for the forms. there is PIP instruction here https://www.autism.org.uk/about/benefits-care/benefits/pip.aspx and the templated letter here template letter
  4. Get on the ‘tinternet and read up on autism and the comorbid (related) disorders. You may find information here Www.nice.org.uk These are
    1. OCD
    2. Social Anxiety
    3. Dyslexia
    4. Dyspraxia
    5. ADHD
    6. Pathological Demand Avoidance - you need to but won't (server procrastination)
    7. BPD.
    8. Depression
    9. PTSD
    10. autism https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg142
  5. Ask your doctor for other tests above if you feel you are displaying those signs. The reading and forum and dairy will help you figure out what's up, and develop a better vocabulary to say what is wrong and what help you need and what help is legally available to you. this will help you figure out stuff you did that you thought was eh.. Neurotypical (NT/Normal). No being forgetful is not a family trait, nor is having more than 47 browser tabs open.
  6. Join an autism group and contribute and ask questions. Peer support is important. Depending on your persuasion, face to face, online, phone support, email support or other happenings are a great way to feel supported and not so lonely. You may even think of becoming an activist.
  7. Follow up with your doctors, hospital autism processing centre, the assessment centre weekly, or until they tell you when it is. Add to your call log.
  8. Ask the council for a care assessment and call them weekly. Add to your call log.
  9. When you get your assessment date, ask for the process that they will use to asses you.
  10. Become more vocal with all the above services, especially your GP, about how you are feeling. It may of seem that people have been ignoring you in the past. This fits with Autism. Autistics have a deficit in social communication, social interaction and social imagination. But this doesn’t stop you trying and does not disprove social anxiety. Try to pick up the language that professionals listen to. Reading blogs will help, for example, frustrated, depressed, anxious.
  11. Make plans for the future of stuff you want to do things that will support your “well being”
  12. Learn mindfulness
  13. Learn knitting