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    My first thought was ASD. I have Asperger's Syndrome myself; and my attention span is sometimes almost non-existent, growing up I had no hobbies and no friends (it took until my late 30s to make my first real friend, even now I still get bored incredibly easily, although I read well I've always struggled with understanding what I've just read, I have huge trouble thinking of what to say to someone no matter what prompts I'm given, I'm generally a fairly anxious person who gets stressed out easily, and I have sensitivities (although not to clothes specifically - mine are more related to being touched, especially on the head. Even being touched lightly on the top of the head has been known for me to result in a headache shortly afterwards).

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    My first thought is ASD as well... it's commonly missed in girls, and tends to present a different set of symptoms to boys with ASD. Unfortunately, it can be hard to find anyone adept at assessing girls for ASD (I think there's one specialist in Australia), but it may well be worth asking hubbers etc. specifically about their experiences with girls on the spectrum (either themselves such as Catzilla mentioned, or their kids etc.).

    There's also a bit of research starting to come out on this topic.
    http://www.autismspectrum.org.au/sit...20spectrum.pdf
    For example is a brief and interesting read.

    Whatever the case, I hope you find some answers for your daughter.

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    Thanks Catzilla

    I won't rule that out, it is quite possible that it could be something along those lines.

    Do you think there might be some specific type of questions that I could ask her which may prompt her to talk about how she is feeling to get more of an idea as to whether it could actually be asd related?

    I feel if she knows I truly understood how she was feeling would really help her to understand what she is going through as well.

    I wish to be honest there was a simple test to know for sure so I could just get onto helping her.

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    The GP is a great starting point

    Id recommend asking the GP for a referral to see a paediatrician.

    I dont want to make an online diagnosis, but those things sound extremely familiar to me. (My three children are on the spectrum, as am i)

    Goodluck

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    Thank you Renn & Zombie

    I will have a good read of that article shortly Renn, thank you. I do recall reading that asd appears in girls at a later age.

    Zombie, thanks for your thoughts. Would a OT be able to recognise the signs of ASD? I have just managed to get her into one next week privately to discuss her sensitivities etc.

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    You can certainly ask their opinion. They deal with it day in day out so they know what to look for!

    If you get an assessment from them, they will sometimes write down their concerns for other possible diagnosis as well.

    Ours did!

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    I'm another with a child on the spectrum. He's always had issues with clothing and hates the way certain things feel. He's also highly anxious which seems to quite often go hand in hand with high functioning autism.
    I think heading to the GP and getting a mental health care plan and going to see a psychologist is the way to go. Then you will know what you are dealing with and be given strategies to help deal with any concerning behaviours.

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