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    Default How long did your ASD diagnosis take? What am i in for?

    DD already sees a speech therapist and we have a paed appointment for 21st March (earliest I could get).

    At first the speech therapist wasn't too concerned but as she's gotten to know my daughter and as her speech actually improves she's showing more signs of ASD.

    She has great eye contact, laughs and is affectionate with those close to her. But there is a long list of other signs. Today the speech therapist pointed out the way she sits (W with legs) which I wasn't even aware of!

    After the paediatrician who else will be involved in diagnosis and how long does it generally takes to find out? She'll be 3 in April. We haven't told family except my mum because DHs family are likely to just make insensitive comments so don't want to deal with it tbh.

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    I don't have an ASD child, but work with them a lot. I have found the path to diagnosis can vary greatly. Each child needs an individual assessment from a speechie, a paed and a psych to meet the diagnosis criteria.

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    We had an assessment done at a multidisciplinary clinic so speech, OT, paediatrician, psychologist were all working together. Assessment and diagnosis was complete in under a month. About 3 months from when we applied.

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    We went through a centre that specialises in ASD diagnosis. A child psych did ours and it was over about six weeks from memory (mainly due to the psych being only at this particular centre one day a fortnight).

    We already had reports from an OT, speech therapist, early intervention playgroup and a letter from our paed to present to the psych so he had plenty of info on DS.

    I personally found the diagnosis process very emotional and confronting, but by the time it was completed I had accepted it and was ready to move forward with therapies.

    Good luck

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    My sons diagnosis took 2 sessions in a month and that was only to make it official. Apparently it was visible from the waiting room at the paeds from the moment we arrived. So we only had the developmental paed do it.
    Our family GP (qualified paed also) picked it straight away but we did all the hearing tests etc first. Upon leaving the hearing test place, the man that conducted the test said "you're going back to your doctor for an autism assessment aren't you?" As if to suggest it in case I wasn't. I was told it's quite rare to have such an immediate diagnosis but he was very obvious. However, we have suspicions with my daughter but the red flags with her are less visible so we are currently on a waiting list to see a speechie (one recommended by my sons speechie because her waiting list is even longer) about whether she thinks it's worth doing an assessment which will be a multidisciplinary assessment. I'm not sure how long it will take and it's also got the added confusion of her assessment being in a different state to where we live, as well as being different to my sons.

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    We will be doing an ASD assessment soon for my DS. He already has a diagnosis of something different which shows similar signs of ASD. Not sure the assessment is so necessary for us but he might have ASD as well not that it will make a great deal of difference for him.

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    Thanks. The speechie she goes to can't diagnose but she has pointed out a few signs i wasn't aware of. However she's written notes on her observations for the paediatrician to try and help. We suspect she's on the spectrum but high functioning as it's not immediately obvious but she does have many classic physical things like hand flapping etc. My sister is a teacher and I just told her and she agrees she probably has it and it will be helpful to get the diagnosis quickly so that we can get early intervention. I'm not afraid of the diagnosis but I think it'll be difficult to share with some family members. They all seem to have the "oh she'll catch up, she's only little" attitude.


 

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