This is my story :)
When I was 7 years old, the Head Teacher at my Primary School thought I was being aggressive to people, so she took me inside and started questioning me. I would not speak, and looked very abashed. The Head Teacher was concerned, so she phoned my Parents, who called a psychologist.
The psychologist noticed there was something wrong with me and contacted ASCA, who proceeded to review and assess me over 3 years.
When I was 10 and a half years old, my Mum got a phone call saying that the results had come in from my assessment, so we went along to the psychologist to find out them.
The second he said "Your son is autistic," I saw myself differently. I was ashamed to go to school the next day, and my parents saw that I was extremely depressed.
Although I have been through many struggles, I am now a happy, healthy 13 year old with a large group of friends.