Psych eval update

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Registered: 03-27-2004
Psych eval update
Tue, 12-07-2004 - 11:33pm

I had my 19-month-old son Adam evaluated today by a psychologist to see whether or not he is on the spectrum. I am very happy to report that he is not! The psychologist is supposedly the top person where I live to diagnose this. She spent an extremely long time with us, about three hours, and administered the ADOs test. Adam has been evaluated by a lot of people and I felt like she gave him the most thorough evaluation he has ever had. She felt that he is too interactive and engaged to be on the spectrum and has alternative methods of communication with us even though he doesn't have speech. I am really happy that my husband stayed home with us for the eval, because Adam really interacts extremely well with him, better than me. He kept on giving him toys to show him and making eye contact with him in front of the evaluator, etc. I was quite impressed because Adam hardly ever points and actually pointed two different times at this bunny she used to try to test his joint attention.

She was actually very complimentary about Adam, something I rarely hear from the therapists who always point out his weaknesses. She definitely acknowledges that he has some quirks and is "squeamish" about things and is extremely cautious. He made the most horrible face when he picked up a deflated balloon to give her. She had a cake out of playdough. It was the first time he ever touched playdough and acted like he was being tortured. She thinks he definitely has some sensory issues going on, but that does not mean that he is on the spectrum.

My ot called to see what happened and was very surprised that he was not red flagged for autism. She was pretty convinced that he was on the spectrum. She works with a lot of kids who are and was concerned about his lack of eye contact with her. Adam does this thing where he usually will make a lot of eye contact with someone the first time he meets them and doesn't look at them after that, especially with therapists. The psychologist thought he doesn't want to look at the OT because she is making him do things he doesn't want to do. Makes sense, right? The OT wants me to call my service coordinator to try to increase the sessions to twice a week.

That is about all for now. I just wanted to share the good news.


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Registered: 09-30-2004
Wed, 12-08-2004 - 6:44am

Wow Debbie, that's great news for you & for Adam!

You know, there is such a thing as being diagnosed with solely Sensory Processing & I cannot wait for that to be in the DSM V eventually for it'll alleviate a lot of anxiety! .......

I'm really happy that you hooked up with a great psychologist, sometimes that's half the challenge!

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Registered: 11-01-2004
Wed, 12-08-2004 - 4:47pm

Sounds like she really payed attention and gave you a GREAT answer!! CONGRATS!