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With mental health hitting the headlines and the wait for autism assessments recently being put under scrutiny, I thought I would talk about our 12-year-old daughter’s struggle with her autism and what a diagnosis will now do to help her.
Since our daughter was born, she has suffered from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, which is a connective tissue disorder. We spend many years under the care of doctors and consultants trying to help her deal with the symptoms and make her as strong as possible.
As she grew older, we started to notice signs that couldn’t be explained by her condition. She would get very nervous about being outside with any type of bug. Even the smallest ant would cause her to become extremely distressed. She was also showing physical signs such as shaking her hands and body banging. She had an abnormally strong fear of doing something wrong and couldn’t gauge when someone was angry with her or someone else in the room.
It caused my wife and I to seek the help of our doctor to see if there was anything we could do to help her. She referred…