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    Google was my best friend. It meant that I knew what was going on way before anyone else, has helped me with techniques to help him understand our world more (sensory processing stuff) and the likes. $400 is standard for a developmental paediatrician.. We waited 4 months but the wait with public is over 2 years in our Area. The sooner and younger they are when they get therapies the better though :-) Make a list of any strange behaviour your child has.. Keep making that list up and until your paed appointment and take it with you :-)

    PS my son finally received Aspergers Dx 4 weeks ago. We've known it all along, and has been in St, pt, and OT since he was 12 months for various issues.. But it is great to get the dx as that means he can now continue on with therapy next year and we have the funding package to help pay for it. Without that funding we would be paying out hundreds a week next year (once they turn 5 public therapy service is dropped) but more likely.. He would not have received as much therapy as he needs without the funding.

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    Hi ladïes,
    can I ask what behaviors your son was showing? I am thinking we are looking at either ADHD or asd in our house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximum22 View Post
    Ouch ms mummy thats expensive! Is there a reason you decided not to proceed?
    We are going to ASPECT in sydney next month, it costs something like $975 and if you have a referral from a paed you get $320 back. It is very expensive, but it is one day and you get your answer on that day. It cuts out being referred to everyone OT's, speechies etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennybaby View Post
    Hi ladïes,
    can I ask what behaviors your son was showing? I am thinking we are looking at either ADHD or asd in our house.
    My LO hasn't been diagnosed, so I am in the same boat as you. But the things his symptoms are speech delay, multiple sensory processing disorders, possible auditory processing disorder (too young to test), aggression, he has strange attachments to certain objects. etc. Many more - but they are the obvious ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximum22 View Post
    Ouch ms mummy thats expensive! Is there a reason you decided not to proceed?
    I think you get quite a bit back from Medicare though.

    Cost wasn't the reason we didn't proceed.

    My partner is a psychologist (but not children) and we discussed it at length, and looked at the criteria for autism and aspergers, and in the end, there weren't enough signs for us to justify having him assessed. Also, he's had a lot of interaction with child carers and adults and nobody has ever suggested an assessment.

    He is socially anxious with his peers, though, and we have started taking him to a child psychologist to work on resilience and social skills.

    The other thing is that even if he was diagnosed, his speech and development (other than social) is fine and he goes to a large group daycare twice a week and hasn't had problems there (other than not socialising well, making friends), so what assistance could we actually get, other than a psychologist, which we have sought out ourselves.

    It is a situation we will continue to review as he gets older, of course.

    But, if I was in doubt, I would get him assessed.

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    That's sounds good. I haven't researched the type of help you get, I could always get him a child physiologist I guess. Like your son he has no problem with language maybe a bit delayed but he has issues with communication and he does not really interact with other kids other then his brother, also He has terrible tantrums. I'm worried about him being left behind in a classroom

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennybaby View Post
    Hi ladïes,
    can I ask what behaviors your son was showing? I am thinking we are looking at either ADHD or asd in our house.
    My son shows almost all signs of Aspergers, hence his dx of Aspergers. A great accurate website for ASD related stuff is raising children network :-) Has checklist for signs etc.

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    Msmummy, we work on social skills in OT and speech therapy. A huge part of why my kids are bad socialising is they dont know how to, they dont even know how to play other than in their own little world. We are working on floor time interaction in OT. Something to consider maybe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiamondEyes View Post
    Msmummy, we work on social skills in OT and speech therapy. A huge part of why my kids are bad socialising is they dont know how to, they dont even know how to play other than in their own little world. We are working on floor time interaction in OT. Something to consider maybe?
    My son knows how to play appropriately, and does the full range of play with adults. He can also socialise well with adults. He is scared of other children though, particularly large groups.

    He also seems to be an introvert, and does prefer his own company and periodically needs quiet time to recharge, after being with others.

    I'm not proposing that the OP does not get her child assessed, but I was answering the question as to why we haven't, as the OP asked. I answered originally as the OP lives in the same suburb as I do, and could therefore provide some local information about the public versus private options based on my recent-ish inquiries.

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    I feel like we should catch up ms mummy, I'm not convinced I need to get him assessed nor is my gp that i took him to today. part of me feels his biggest problems could be helped with OT or something similar, and I will wait until my friend who is the local children's OT can assess him before I take it further my gp said is possible his problem is that he is a slightly socially under developed 3 yr old in a 5 yr olds body. Thank you everyone for your input and ideas. Without your help I wouldn't have even thought to take him to an OT or a physiologist


 

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