The time has come for us to get our 3 year old DS assessed. We've had our suspicions for a little while now, but we really need to know definitively whether our little guy is on the spectrum or not so we can move forward and get him the appropriate therapies and assistance.
He has been in speech therapy since last year and this year he has been attending an early intervention play group (which the speech therapist recommended him for). Whilst this is helpful for him, it's still tip-toeing around the issue of whether or not he is an ASD child.
Can anyone explain the process of diagnosis? It is my understanding that the first step is a GP referral to a paed? I understand it can be difficult to get in to see a paed, but because DS was a premmie it's been suggested that he might be able to get in to his original paed because he has been a patient with him before.
We've already been told that DS will benefit greatly from OT. He has a lot of trouble sitting still.
I'm in the Newcastle area if anyone can help with some regional specific advice.