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D.I.S.C.O. Aspergers diagnostic interview?

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divey Tue 07-Aug-12 21:52:05

Hi,
This is a method for diagnosing Aspergers. Has anyone been through this or knows what's involved? I know it's an interview, but what sort of questions get asked and what are they looking for? Is there anywhere online I can download the questions or the suiff they're looking for?

Berris Wed 08-Aug-12 19:09:30

Not been through it, but this might help? www.autism.org.uk/our-services/diagnosing-complex-needs/the-diagnostic-interview-for-social-and-communication-disorders-disco.aspx There's links to more detailed info through there smile

divey Thu 09-Aug-12 11:58:32

Hi thanks Berris I've read the stuff on the NAS site, but all I can find anywhere is that it's an interview. I can't find anyone saying what sort of questions they ask or a link to examples of questions or whatever or anyone's actual experience of doing it (only one writeup by a mum whose small boy had it done) My husband is having it done and I've been asked to go along but I want to know what they'll want to know from me, as if i'm put on the spot I know I'll struggle to recall examples of his behaviour that fit their diagnostic criteria but oh boy he is SO aspie....

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Berris Thu 09-Aug-12 23:05:53

Right, don't know if this link will work - I accessed the PDF using my ATHENS log in onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1469-7610.00023/full - gives explanation of it. Not sure if it will help?

Berris Thu 09-Aug-12 23:06:38

I suspect I can see it because I'm still logged in to ATHENS....

Flooded Thu 09-Aug-12 23:47:06

Maybe there's not much information out there because they get a more actuate answer if you're not prepared?

divey Fri 10-Aug-12 18:08:59

Hi Berris what's Athens? Yeah i can't see it unless i log in via Athens.
Flooded maybe you're right....

Berris Fri 10-Aug-12 19:16:06

University access to various scholarly articles - I work in HE and also a Masters student.

I do think Flooded might be right. Don't worry about being on the spot - the DISCO is, after all, a diagnostic interview, not a test.

divey Fri 10-Aug-12 19:27:02

It's for my husband. Am just worried I'll not recall a single example of his AS behaviours if I'm put on the spot!

divey Fri 10-Aug-12 19:27:41

They interview me too apparently. in kids they interview the parents too as we know what their behaviours are like better than they do really

Flooded Fri 10-Aug-12 21:59:02

Maybe write a list of what you think are examples of his behaviour to take with you if you are worried.
But I really wouldnt worry. It's obviously a well validated system that works without preparation. You wouldn't expect a diabetic to try and prepare for a blood glucose test to ensure they came out diabetic :-)

balooga Fri 10-Aug-12 22:15:39

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Berris Sat 11-Aug-12 10:34:03

Phone the NAS helpline (on Monday), see if they can advise?

I know what you mean about the masking - my DP (diagnosed AS as a child) says I'm more diagnosable than him, because he can disguise/hide his AS-ness. I don't know if I have AS, or just distinct traits.

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