About 16 for me too...
wow, I was early then...
Second grade...but you didn't find out until years later? Why the heck didn't they tell you for that long?
I was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder when I was 4 or 5. Basically back in the 80's this seems to have been the way to give an initial diagnosis, and give further tests later to further determine where on the autistic spectrum a person belonged. It was recommended when that diagnosis was given that I be further tested when I was eight. I never was though (mainly because by that time I was living with a stepmom who was thought that anything abnormal with me could be cured with discipline. Because of this, I never knew anything about this until I was in my 20's and had finally obtained a lot of paperwork from my childhood.
I was always wondering why I was never able to fit in and be like all the "normal kids," and I guess I finally found out. Go figure.
was diagonosed at about age 3, but I wasn't told till I was in about 5th or 6th grade. I felt really ashamed of it at first, but now I don't feel so bad about it. I like differences. :)
Apparently, I was diagnosed at five by a leading expert. You can't act surprised when you find out, since you already knew you were different, but said difference had a name when it is named autism. That's what it felt like anyway. Giving it a name didn't change much for me.
In a way though, at least having a name for the difference can be better than not knowing. I would have liked to have known why I was different in school instead of just thinking I was a total failure without a reason.
>Second grade...but you didn't find out until years later? Why the heck didn't they tell you for that long?
I guess they just didn't see the point. I mean, I knew I was... different, but I just figured it was just me and that there wasn't anything "wrong" with me.
Not that I consider that the case now, of course. Actually, I sometimes feel like I'm cooler than "normal" people because of how my brain works.
I still can't see the point of withholding that from you. I mean it's a diagnosis, and with any diagnosis you should tell the person.