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Now for my story!!.... As many of you know, my sister was told she has a form of Autism called Aspergers shortly after she started secondary school. Moving to secondary school was difficult as the challenges this presented were harder for her to manage. Now being diagnosed doesn't make her any different than any of us. But the 'Aspergers' label and pressure to fit in and be 'regular or normal' caused significant stress and anxiety, resulting in struggles not only for herself but for the whole family. Having Aspergers can make it very difficult for individuals to socially interact in a way that most others cope with including everyday scenarios like a classroom environment or something as simple as talking on the phone often impacting mental health and independence.
Unfortunately the diagnosis doesn’t solve the problem especially for a young developing girl facing ‘normal’ pressures and changes. There are so many more hurdles to face, and that’s where the Autism Berkshire (Berkshire Autistic Society) come in. They offer support, guidance and help to both the individuals and their families. Autism Berkshire (Berkshire Autistic Society) have roles including providing a helpline, workshops and publications for those closely affected. As well as helping point the directions for the next step after diagnosis including clinics, and parental guidance for many of the negative effects of resulting extreme anxiety. This charity is so important for not only those with Aspergers or Autism but also siblings, parents and surrounding family. Not only are they there for us but they provide a vital role in raising awareness and providing specific Autism training and support in education, healthcare, emergency and employment services.