I took the Ritvo Autism Asperger Diagnostic Scale-revised at aspie tests, if you would like to take it just click the underlined text to get access to them. You have to set up an account first but they haven’t spammed once and I’ve been a member for months, there are also many other tests to take.
Although this test is designed not to be taken solely but rather with a professional in a clinical setting, we don’t all have this privilege. I do not believe we have the professionals available to take the test with me at different intervals in the relevant timescales, I was once told this was because they were understaffed.
Although this test is supposed to be done in a clinical setting that can be quite unsettling for me if I’m honest. Therefore this is likely impacting and influencing the results. It is hard to diagnose me because my disabilities or disorders do not present definitive or easily observable symptoms.
I am 30 years old with my eldest being 10, I have learnt plenty through observant trial and error, although not enough in some retrospects but I’m still young and im forever changing.
I first took this test 3 months ago with an overall score of 172 on the 17th June 2018. I retook it on the 17th September 2018 and scored an overall score of 161. The threshold is 65 for being suspected of Autism, this result was 11 points less this time but 95 above the threshold.
Some of the phrasing in the words caused me to overthink the question plus it is quite complex trying to stay focused on the answer choices. I came across this article from a fellow blogger who took the test back in 2012 where it was said the questions seem to be skewed more towards Social relatedness and male orientated.
There are 80 questions on the RAADS-R that cover 4 symptoms of Language, Social relatedness, sensory-motor, and circumscribed interests. I intend to explain a little about the 4 categories coinciding with my past and present results representative of their relevant label.4
In language Junes result was 14 whilst Septembers 12 threshold 4, Social relatedness was 66.0 now 71.0 threshold 31. The sensory/ motor in June was 56.0 now it is 50 threshold 16 whereas Circumscribed interest was 36.0 and is now 28.0 threshold 15
I’m beginning to believe many of us don’t care about there being a right and wrong answer, it’s becoming more about understanding
This test has been designed to accommodate the fact some adults who show a presentation of autism may no longer have symptoms, that were there in childhood but no longer present in adulthood and vice versa
Another brilliant point made in the article linked above was the phrasing of the words. The words ‘always/never/only‘ were often used causing the test to take longer as these words were mulled over, I agree that ‘sometimes‘ or ‘most of the time‘ could have been more fitting
Language is just how human beings communicate either in written or spoken words depending on circumstance, system or style. Some do have persistent problems with social communication and social interactions can be problematic
I’m forever having my tones picked apart in formal and informal settings When I was younger I struggled with gestures or tones of voices but i have improved over the years.
Once upon a time I used to have a literal understanding of language and used to believe people meant what they said. An example would be when my mother told me frogs give you warts, to stop me from bringing all the critters home.
This eventually did work when I got a wart and stopped bringing them home. Obviously, no truth behind my mother’s words that I genuinely believed, it was a coincidence. It was in my late twenties and I freaked about kids touching frogs that had my partner put me right in my thinking.
I learnt in many a harder way than that, to learn not to take everything at face value and not believe everything you hear. In my younger days facial expressions, tones, jokes, and sarcasm were my nemesis.
I have had the privilege of watching 10 years in a girl blossom and have had nearly 4 with my little boy. This journey has taught me to become more aware of what we allow our eyes to perceive. I can understand a lot better than I express nowadays.
I used to have great difficulty understanding other peoples feelings and intentions, followed by knowing how to express how I feel about it. When I’m overloaded I seek alone time, I don’t tend to seek it from others.
Too many occasions, I have appeared insensitive as I try to figure out the problem and how to rectify, fix or move on from. This can then lead to opinions and views that I am behaving in a socially inappropriate way.
To have restricted and repetitive patterns of behavious, activities, and interests can mean preferring more of a routine or lack of change, liking the same thing. It can be hard to take a different approach when you have been taught the right or certain way to do it, I prefer to prepare for the change in advance where possible but have learnt to adapt where possible.
You can be overly sensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, lights, colours, and temperatures becoming unbearably loud or distracting creating fascinations, anxiety or even pain
Finding where to challenge your interest or focus when pursuing these can be fundamental to one’s wellbeing and happiness.
I have taken these test 3 months apart and still score really high. I have learnt a lot and realise this test is based on accuracy so understanding it is important. I am diagnosed ADHD officially but this journey is not finished
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