posted on Aug, 26 2012 @ 01:44 AM
reply to post by Serdgiam
Testing usually happens in front of a team or panel of psychologists and is based upon the picture they get from your early childhood up until the day
you are there. Most times you have a family member with you as well so that they can explain the way you were when you were younger. Someone like your
Mother or Father or in my case my ex wife was with me because she used to live with me all the time lol.
They will ask questions like "did you make friends easily", "how many friends have you got now that you talk to regularly", "were you
disinterested in school but were capable of achieving good grades", "were you obsessed with how toys worked instead of playing with them", "do you
like lining up objects or putting them in a specific order".
I'm trying to remember the main questions. "Do you have any relatives with an Autistic spectrum disorder", in my case my son and my cousin. They
might ask questions about your Father to see if he may have had some of the traits and genetically passed them on. A lot more males than females will
have Autistic traits, it seems to be stronger in male genes.
The panel of medical people may also include someone who has a lot of knowledge in body language. They will watch you during the interview for things
like making eye contact when speaking and if you make any unusual facial expressions at all. For instance if they say something sad and you seem to be
smiling or if you just have a blank expression most of the time. Sometimes they may make hand or facial gestures to see if you pick up the hidden
meanings. They could suddenly throw a ball towards you to see how you react.
They may try to tell you a joke in a metaphoric way to see your response, as sometimes they will go straight over your head. You might be asked
questions like "did you ever toe walk when you were a child", "how good are you at playing sports or tasks that require fine motor skills"
Then the other person would be asked questions about you like, "does your husband know when you are in need of emotional support?" I fail miserably
at that one. "Does he know when to cut into a conversation or does he just talk over someone else?"
All up the panel needs to build a comprehensive picture of your whole life from early childhood and a diagnosis should never be given by just one
person. After the interview the panel will meet in a seperate room to discuss their findings with each other before they tell you the outcome.
I hope I have done enough to explain the process, even though I probably haven't added all of the information in this post, maybe someone else can
help fill in the gaps.