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    Default How do people get their children diagnosed so young?

    I see lots of threads where children have been diagnosed by the time they were 3 or 4.
    If your children were, how did you go about it?
    I've been knocked back by doctors and then paeds. The closest thing i've got to a diagnoses is 'suspected autism' by the last GP we saw.
    My DS is 5.5 now so chance are he will be at least 6 before we even get into see someone.


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    Have you tried a psychologist specialized in.children's development?

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    We went to doctor upon doctor upon doctor, we were then referred to a Paed at the local hospital who did not think that DS was on the spectrum. I asked for a referral to ASPECT, he agreed. DS was diagnosed with PDD-NOS on that day. If your child has any behaviours that don't fit right into the Autism mould, then you sometimes need to go straight to the experts. My DS, laughs a lot so I was told over and over that it couldn't be autism, never mind that his speech is severely delayed, that he has multiple sensory processing disorders, that he has massive meltdowns and is very violent, that he won't eat hardly anything.

    Everyone on the spectrum is different, I would highly recommend getting in to see ASPECT or whatever it is you have in your state. You really need to get him diagnosed before 6 for the therapies to be most effective.

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    A friend of mine is going through this right now with her 5 y/o. Basically she has been told he needs to be diagnosed by the age of 6, yet the public system is very slow. She's now been advised to go private...psychiatrist, speach thearapist and paediatrician to get a move on so he can recieve the help he needs in school.

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    Often peds wait till the child is 5/6 and has started school ..

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    Default Re: How do people get their children diagnosed so young?

    Quote Originally Posted by ozeymumof5 View Post
    A friend of mine is going through this right now with her 5 y/o. Basically she has been told he needs to be diagnosed by the age of 6, yet the public system is very slow. She's now been advised to go private...psychiatrist, speach thearapist and paediatrician to get a move on so he can recieve the help he needs in school.
    I've heard to get funding you need a diagnoses before 6. All the paeds we've been knocked back after private ones. We are on the waitlist for a public one atm. ( well so long as that hasn't been knocked back)

    Quote Originally Posted by Starfish30 View Post
    Have you tried a psychologist specialized in.children's development?
    Yes. We are on the waitlist.

    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    We went to doctor upon doctor upon doctor, we were then referred to a Paed at the local hospital who did not think that DS was on the spectrum. I asked for a referral to ASPECT, he agreed. DS was diagnosed with PDD-NOS on that day. If your child has any behaviours that don't fit right into the Autism mould, then you sometimes need to go straight to the experts. My DS, laughs a lot so I was told over and over that it couldn't be autism, never mind that his speech is severely delayed, that he has multiple sensory processing disorders, that he has massive meltdowns and is very violent, that he won't eat hardly anything.

    Everyone on the spectrum is different, I would highly recommend getting in to see ASPECT or whatever it is you have in your state. You really need to get him diagnosed before 6 for the therapies to be most effective.
    Sorry, what's ASPECT?
    It's nice to know i'm not the only one to have trouble. I was starting to think i must be going about it wrong way.

    The last doctor we saw seemed to be quite helpful so hopefully we have some success and get in somewhere.


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    Default How do people get their children diagnosed so young?

    we went to a private specialised paediatrician & then was referred to the kids hospital for assessments

    dd was diagnosed with autism & gdd at 22 months (around a 8 month process til that point).

    about 4-6 months later she was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome.

    having a fantastic & relevant paediatrician made a huge difference to us x

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    Default Re: How do people get their children diagnosed so young?

    My son was dxd at age 4. 5 years with Asperger Syndrome. History goes like this:

    . Plagiocephaly age 8 months referred to allied health physio
    . Not chewing food, gagging, food aversion age 13 months referred to allied health speech therapy
    . Not waking 17 months - public physio
    . Continued speech and eating problems at 2 years still seeing speech and physio regularly via public children's therapy unit
    . Still in speech and now occupational therapy at age 4 years
    . Decided to see private behavioural paediatrician, went on wait list & cancellation list... Got app within 2 months
    . Took list of history, behaviours and assessments from speech and OT to paed, he gave dx on the spot.


    I guess we were "lucky" my son had issues so young and so we were in the "system" seeing public therapist from age 12 months onwards.

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    Default How do people get their children diagnosed so young?

    Due to classification criteria, technically Aspergers is diagnosed at a later age. A GP generally can't diagnose pervasive developmental disorders, as a specialist needs to do this to be recognized by funding bodies and Medicare. If you need help, contact your Autism foundation or state disability service in your state. They should be able to point you in the right direction to services that have shorter wait times. All the best.

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    Default How do people get their children diagnosed so young?

    Pushed and pushed and pushed and when that wasn't working I got a new pead. And she was diagnosed first visit (last pead we had for almost 2 years and he wouldn't diagnose)


 

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