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ASD - when was your daughter diagnosed

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#1 jmjsa

Posted 10 November 2018 - 07:24 AM

We are looking at a possible ASD diagnosis for our 11 year old daughter.  Her psychologist keeps telling me that girls are diagnosed much later and often not until they are teenagers.  

Our story is that our daughter was diagnosed with ADHD at 6, anxiety at 8, OCD at 10 and then this year an eating disorder.  Her school grades have dropped and she is really struggling with everything.  

She is seeing a psychiatrist and has had some speech assessments done so far.

#2 LittleBear

Posted 10 November 2018 - 07:32 AM

My daughter was 8.

#3 Jenflea

Posted 10 November 2018 - 07:35 AM

My niece was diagnosed at around 5.  Her mum knew there was something different from a very early age but it took a while to get the diagnosis.

#4 kerilyntaryn

Posted 10 November 2018 - 07:46 AM

My daughter was 12 3/4,  but diagnosed with anxiety around 9, although she had separation anxiety at 5, school refusal starting happening at around 7

#5 ~J_WTF~

Posted 10 November 2018 - 08:02 AM

She was almost 8 and we had to push hard for them to take us seriously to get that diagnosis, they kept brushing it aside, saying it wasn’t that bad.

Our home was falling apart because of her and we knew her behaviour was not normal and we knew this from when she was very young.

#6 jmjsa

Posted 10 November 2018 - 08:04 AM

Thanks everyone.  It is just so hard when until this year she has appeared to be doing ok at school.  She might have been fine there but would save it all up for home.  Her teacher this year is seeing a bit more at school which I am hoping will help in the diagnosis process.

#7 kerilyntaryn

Posted 10 November 2018 - 08:10 AM

Mine went through puberty early and the wheels really starting fall then.  Wishing you all the best

#8 Paddlepop

Posted 10 November 2018 - 10:15 AM

4 years 2 months old. Saw a crappy dev paed at 3.5 yo who missed it, and saw a second one with an 8 month waiting list who diagnosed her. She was also diagnosed with anxiety at 4yrs 2mths. Added ADHD at 6yrs old.

#9 Catzilla

Posted 10 November 2018 - 10:21 AM

I wasn't diagnosed until I was 19; but that was back in 1994.

#10 liveworkplay

Posted 10 November 2018 - 11:49 AM

We have started the process with DD1 at 14.

#11 feelee

Posted 10 November 2018 - 12:21 PM

Currently going through the process with DD who has just turned 7 and in grade 1.  She's had difficulties since kinder but they're getting more obvious the older she gets.

#12 Jenflea

Posted 10 November 2018 - 01:05 PM

I have heard girls can mask symptoms in the early years and the wheels can fall off in later primary which is why girls get diagnosed later on.

#13 *bucket*

Posted 10 November 2018 - 06:15 PM

We don't have a diagnosis really. Diagnosed with ADHD at 6, but older brother has ASD and she did have traits. At 18, paediatrician decided "She's more autistic than I thought". But we don't need a diagnosis at this stage. Dropped out of school halfway through Year 11, so that's not a consideration now. If she chooses to pursue a diagnosis later, we'd certainly be supportive but she doesn't want to just now. I think we had so many supports in place for DS that she was covered by them too which contributed to lack of diagnosis earlier.

#14 Ozquoll

Posted 10 November 2018 - 06:54 PM

I was diagnosed aged 30, although I had known for a few years that I was an Aspie. High school was where I really fell apart 😔. If your daughter does get diagnosed now you will at least be able to put in place some strategies to help her before she enters Year 7.

#15 ilovethebeach

Posted 11 November 2018 - 04:58 PM

A close friend just had her child diagnosed at 13 in year 7 mostly off the back of extreme anxiety.

#16 Bravelove

Posted 14 April 2019 - 08:47 AM

My daughter was diagnosed at 18 months old. It was fairly obvious she was severely affected.

#17 lazycritter

Posted 14 April 2019 - 10:09 AM

My daughter was formally diagnosed just before her tenth birthday.

She'd been seeing her psychologist for anxiety for a year or so before. The psych suspected asd after the first couple of appointments but we concentrated on getting her anxiety under control first. We talked about asd with my daughter and we left the decision whether to get dx up to her. She wanted the dx and it helped her tremendously.

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