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Registered: 04-13-2006
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Tue, 05-20-2008 - 8:22pm

For quite awhile I have been brushing off my son's odd behavior, thinking he might just outgrow it.

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Registered: 02-28-2008
Fri, 04-03-2009 - 4:12pm

Well, that dx is a new one on me. Never heard of it, but the medical field is great for coming up with descriptive dxs. Glad you feel that it fits. It can be a pain to get permission from non-custodial parents for testing when all you're trying to do is do what's best for your kid.

I know what you mean about the report having some of the details wrong; I think most of the big reports I have on my kids have at least one or two errors in them. It's what the final outcome of the testing is that matters. If you're happy with your experience overall, that is what counts.

Of course you can still belong here. No one needs a specific dx to belong here. If you feel like this is a place that fits your needs, then join in. We're a pretty relaxed group when it comes to belonging.

Welcome!

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson

Andrea, mom to

Graham
Miles
Anson
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Registered: 04-13-2006
Thu, 04-02-2009 - 2:05pm

I am bumping this because we finally had Austin seen by a neurologist.

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Registered: 06-25-2003
Wed, 05-21-2008 - 4:37pm

Hello Wendy and welcome to the board

You have received some good advice already about following your mommy instinct. I don't think there is a single person here who will say they have ever regretted following their Mommy gut. Most regrets are around not following it (for me, anyway)

I too see some red flags in your description of your son, and I think you are right to want to get to the bottom of it. A regular pediatrician is not qualified to diagnose an Autistic spectrum disorder IMHO. You want a developmental pediatrician or an neuropsychologist to do a full evaluation. I don't know if Insurance covers these evaluations these days. They didn't used to.

I also think there is no harm in applying to the school district for an evaluation as well o. They generally will not diagnose, but they will identify areas of need say speech or fine motor/adaptive skills delays and should design a program to help him. Both my kids had special ed services before they had any official diagnosis and it helped them tremendously.

I hope this helps somewhat. Please feel free to hang here with us as long as you like, ask what questions you need and chime in on any topic.

-Paula


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-Paula

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Registered: 01-07-2008
Wed, 05-21-2008 - 8:05am

Welcome to the board.


Obviously none of us here are qualified to offer a diagnosis. From your description there are a few 'red flags' which on their own may or may not mean he's on the spectrum. I know that in our experience, and probably the experience of a lot of people here, getting a diagnosis was a fairly long, drawn out process that involved several types of evaluation (various types of tests, histories, observations in different settings), done by several different types of professional (ed

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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 05-21-2008 - 7:21am

Hi Wendy,