Good Evening! :)
I have a 6 yr. old son, Colin, who was diagnosed with ADHD about a year ago. I think that I want to have him tested for Autism. Our ADHD dx was made by filling out a questionnaire from our psychologist, he completed a letter that we took to our our ped. and off we started on Adderall. He really has a lot of social issues - he's just generally a negative kid...he has no friends. He's just gotten to the point where he'll come up and hug me and my husband...he can't/won't say I love you or anything even close. Doesn't look people in eye, unless you get down to his level and request it and even then you have to be someone he knows. He's pretty good about asking kids to play with him at the playground but he just can't seem to relate to kids too much, he's usually okay for about 1 hr with other kids and then he starts in on them, he can't really seem to hold a conversation. He keeps up academically, he's been sent home numerous times from school for hitting and calling names. He still has meltdowns and he doesn't sleep, I never know where he's going to end up in the morning. He's organized, loves any toy with a wheel - used to stare at the spinning wheels when he was younger, keeps them lined up in his room. He used to be terrified of loud noises and ceiling fans (when he was 2 we moved into a house that had a fan in the living room and it took him about 2 weeks before he would step foot in that room)...he seems to have some anxiety, lately he's been talking about me dying. It breaks my heart, I really feel like he thinks I'm the only one that knows him, understands him and doesn't judge or shun him which usually happens with everyone else, people just seem to ignore him. My problem is I can't seem to get a dr. to test him for autism, seems I should just be satisfied with ADHD. But then I wonder, does it matter what the dx is? If he's mildly autistic...will that do us any good? The only thing I can think of is that maybe we'll get a little bit of empathy instead of people just thinking we're bad parents! We still need to work on the same issues...sleeping, social, etc. What do you all think? Also, who homeschools...I'm thinking that might be our best option, just wondered if anyone had an opinion?