If you or your child are in need of services, therapies, or other assistance, you will generally need an official diagnosis from a doctor to qualify.

Many Aspies and Auties are on disability and work part-time, with many adults living with a parent (or parents). In those cases, a diagnosis is required to receive any sort of government assistance and to qualify for disability.

While diagnosis is possible in earliest stages or first children, most people are diagnosed after they have started school or as an adult.

Children that are diagnosed with this disorder may also have an earlier diagnosis of ADHD ( Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder). SPLD (Semantic Pragmatic Language Disorder), development disorders such as Tourette’s Syndrome, a state of mental disorders such as GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), dietary issues or a non-verbal learning disability (NLD).

If you have a close blood relative has Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism Spectrum Disorder, there is a greater chance that you or your child may have it.

Often autism runs in families, while in others the cause is unknown (and frequently the subject of great controversy). There can be a great variation in the severity and expression of symptoms, even among close relatives.

By receiving a diagnosis, other family members that may have it can more easily receive a diagnosis and gain access to treatments as well.