Getting diagnosed as an Adult
Autism is not just for children and while we have many diagnosed adults within the AsIAm Community we do receive requests from many more asking about getting an adult diagnosis.
Accessing a diagnosis through the public health system is virtually impossible so many people will go to a private consultant.
Two practitioners who do provide adult assessment and diagnosis of autism are:
Dr. Emer Bowman Dublin Well Woman Centre, 67, Pembroke Road , Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. T: +353 (01) 668-1108
Dr Rita Honan & Associates, 7 Cope Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland.
T: +353 (01) 896-3906 E: email@example.com
Support Organisations for Autism and associated conditions
There are many organisations who provide excellent support, advice and information for both families, young people and adults on the autism spectrum.
MyMind provide multilingual counselling and psychotherapy services, both online or face to face through more than 80 mental health professionals and in more than 10 languages. Clients can self-refer and appointments are within 72 hours. Fees are based upon employment status, offering the unemployed or students affordable services.
The website, SpunOut.ie, carries a range of health information for young people, including mental health, sexual health, exam stress and general lifestyle information. SpunOut also has an extensive online directory allowing site visitors to search for supports and services in their area.
National helpline: 1890 200 444
Email support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bodywhys is the national eating disorder association of Ireland. They provide a variety of supports for people affected by eating disorders. Helpline 1890 200 444, email support: email@example.com, online support groups, and face to face support groups in Dublin, Carlow and Sligo.
Pieta House offers specialised treatment to clients who self-harm, suffer from suicidal ideation or have made multiple suicide attempts. Clients receive an intensive programme of one-to-one counselling lasting about four to six weeks. Pieta House is a non-profit organisation and the service is free of charge.
Local Support Groups
A good support group is often the best point of contact for families in the autism community. It is here that you will find other parents and siblings who have the answers to many of your questions. This is where you will also find the emotional support that is an essential part of any community.
Check with your local library, newsletters and school to find one near you. Alternatively if there is not one already in operation consider setting one up. They all start with parents and individuals in your position.
Some local Autism Support Groups have partnered with AsIAm from the outset and depending on where you live in the country you may find them beneficial.
Prism DLR Dun Laoghaire / Rathdown area.
LOFFA I Laois Offaly
Triple A Wicklow.
The Special Needs Parents Association provides a comprehensive list of other support groups.
State support and entitlements
We hope that you find some of the answers which you may be looking for and continue to keep abreast of what is happening in AsIAm now and in the future.