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I suspect my husband has autism but he missed his assessment – I need help


DEAR DEIDRE: I THOUGHT we’d cracked it when my husband said he’d have an assessment for autism – but he missed it.

He’s 45 and I’m 40.

He’s loving but has very particular standards and finds it difficult in social situations.

I’ve suspected for some time that he may be on the autistic spectrum.

He’s a teacher and two of his new students have autism.

He recognised some of their traits, which were similar to his own.

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He was offered an online assessment but isn’t good with computers so asked for face-to-face.

Unfortunately the organisation couldn’t facilitate that and now he’s been discharged.

Can you help?

DEIDRE SAYS: Your husband may have slipped through the net for assessment as a child, but it’s never too late to find support.

His GP should be able to refer him for a face-to-face assessment through the National Health Service.

There’s a wealth of information available via The National Autistic Society ( and if he is on the spectrum, a diagnosis will help him understand himself and both of you to move forward.




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