If you feel that your loved one may have Asperger’s Syndrome, there are a lot of questions that you are probably asking yourself. You may want to know what kind of help your loved one can receive, whether or not your conjecture actually has some truth to it, and how you can help your loved one improve their life as a person with Asperger’s. The first step to getting any help is getting diagnosed by a properly licensed professional. You also may be wondering whether or not there is an Asperger’s test that can accurately depict whether or not your loved one has this syndrome.
Yes, there is an Asperger’s test for adults!
Up until recently, there really weren’t many tests that a doctor could perform to give an accurate diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, but this has changed dramatically. Nowadays, there are unofficial online Asperger’s tests, a special Asperger’s test for children, and even an Asperger’s test for adults who may have not been diagnosed during their school years. As more and more information is being uncovered about Asperger’s Syndrome, testing and diagnosing for this illness is becoming more and more accurate. For those with Asperger’s Syndrome, this means that the future is going to be a bit brighter than today.
Most Asperger’s tests consist of a series of questions that are completed by either the person who is suspected of being on the autism scale, or loved ones who have been noticing symptoms that suggest that the individual may have Asperger’s. They are typically answered in a “yes” or “no” manner, making it very easy for doctors to make a cut-and-dry diagnosis. It is worth noting that some tests are more accurate than others, so it’s important to get a second opinion before coming up with a treatment plan for your loved one.
Should You Take An Online Asperger’s Test?
It is incredibly easy to find an Asperger’s test online, and many people who are concerned about the possibility of having Asperger’s (or that their loved one may have it) take online tests to get a preliminary yes or no. Though there aren’t any truly official tests for Asperger’s that you can take online, it is worth knowing that there are certain online Asperger’s tests that can give you a preliminary answer as to whether or not your loved one may have this syndrome. Getting a positive preliminary diagnosis from an online Asperger’s test is a good indicator that you or your loved one may have Asperger’s Syndrome, and mentioning this to a doctor can help you get an official diagnosis along with the treatment that you need.
Unlike official doctor’s tests for Asperger’s, most online Asperger’s tests are based off of generalizations and common symptoms that are exhibited by people who fall on the autism spectrum. Many of these tests will ask you about unusual habits or qualities that your loved one may exhibit. These online tests may ask you if you noticed that your loved one displays inappropriate behavior, whether their coordination seems off, or whether they seem unable to pick up on social cues that would be very obvious to a person without Asperger’s Syndrome. That being said, these tests can miss some of the more uncommon symptoms that often are major indicators of Asperger’s Syndrome in those who display them. Still, these tests are somewhat reliable, and help you realize how many symptoms of Aspergers you or your loved one is displaying. The more Asperger’s-indicating qualities that your loved one exhibits, the more likely it is that they have Asperger’s Syndrome.
How Long Does An Asperger’s Test Take?
If you are tight on time, you probably are wondering how much time a typical Asperger’s test can take. If you are doing an unofficial online test, then the time will usually be under 5 minutes. If you want to get an official diagnosis, you will have to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician or a doctor who specializes in Asperger’s Syndrome and other autism-spectrum illnesses. Official diagnostic tests can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 40 minutes, depending on how they are administered, the kind of test it is, and the speed at which it is taken. Once you have completed an official doctor-administered test, you will have to have about 20 to 30 minutes (minimum) to discuss what your next course of action should be.
What To Do With Your Asperger’s Test Results
With many tests in the medical world, you will end up getting a diagnosis after 2 to 3 days. The good thing about taking an official Asperger’s test as a way of getting diagnosed is that you can get the results of the test immediately. All you really have to do is wait for your health professional to tally up the score, and tell you whether or not the person who is being tested actually falls on the autism spectrum.
If you get a negative diagnosis, it is up to you to decide whether or not you want to have a second opinion, and whether you want to pursue further investigation into the symptoms that you, or your loved one, is displaying. Many people simply shrug their shoulders and chalk things up to just being a unique individual who may not be autistic, but may just be an introvert. Either way, it is your call to make. If you doctor suggests taking another test for another similar syndrome, it is highly advisable that you take it.
If you do get a positive diagnosis for Asperger’s Syndrome, it’s important to know that all is not lost. Watch Krister Palo give a Ted Talk that’s sure to brighten your spirits:
Many brilliant people who changed the world had this syndrome, and with a little bit of coaching and help, it’s very possible to live a rich and fulfilling life with Asperger’s. Once you get a positive diagnosis, your doctor will explain to you what can be done to make things easier, and come up with a good plan to help improve your life with Asperger’s Syndrome.