Autism has nothing to do with a lack of discipline. A child that can be 'fine' after being disciplined clearly never had Autism in the first place.
I would encourage you not to share this random woman at the butcher's story with others until you have done some of your own research, as it only perpetuates ignorance on the subject.
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12-03-2015 15:24 #14
My DS is 3. We have been seeing a speech therapist since mid last year. I didn't really have any concerns until after he turned 2 and still wasn't really talking very much and his brothers (14months younger) were starting to pass him in everything.
We then seen a paed who referred us to an occupational therapist and a psychologist.
He started kinder in feb and I told everyone we would give him a month there to see if it was just a speech delay.. Everyone mentions signs of autism but follows it with come back later and we'll see he's still young and at 3 they change a lot so we continue to wait.
I have kept telling myself that's it's just a speech delay but watching him at kinder (the teachers asked me to stay for the whole session from day one) he is different. The other kids can be right in his face trying to talk to him and it's like they aren't even there.
He has started saying words a lot more since Christmas and since starting kinder his interactions with people have changed. People he would normally shy away from he is interacting with a bit more. He wouldn't let me leave for the first few weeks of kinder but he has for 2 weeks.
We've just seen the psychologist and he said come back in 2 weeks and we'll see how he is doing. I just want answers.
The GP said he would say yes he has it but not to go by him.
The paed said he has signs but they are not classic signs (whatever that means)
And the psychologist had a fill in a questionnaire to see if it's worth doing the autism test and he got right on the number but there was 3 or 4 questions we didn't have to answer because of the speech thing.
He hasn't seen the speech therapist since Xmas and goes back in a couple of weeks so I'm interested to see what she thinks of his changes (if he will even show her because he shuts down when he is asked to 'perform' for lack of a better word.
I'm just so tired, and emotionally drained, I want to know if that's it or if it's something else.
12-03-2015 16:03 #15
You will find if your DS has ASD it will become more and more obvious as the weeks go by.
At age 3 we were only just starting to think DS *may* be on the spectrum, but by the time he was diagnosed at 3 years 9 months it was much more obvious. His use of language and social interaction is just way off that of a neurotypical child his age.
Don't give up. When you meet with your psych again, try to push for the assessment to be done. A lot of children are being diagnosed much younger now - I don't consider 3 to be too young at all, and neither would many specialists.
If your current psych isn't cutting it, find one that specialises in ASD diagnosis.
12-03-2015 18:20 #16
Thanks, it's just a big waiting game isn't it. It's not cheap either and although I would pay whatever I had to for him it's just making it hard which is adding to the stress and DH and I fighting...
12-03-2015 19:00 #17
Its really tough, my dd was just diagnosed making it 3 out of 3 kids on the spectrum.
She's very little tho, she is 2 yrs and 3 months, but its very obvious so i guess this is why it wasn't too difficult.
The process took us about 2 months because appointments are so spaced out.
When your son shuts down and doesnt acknowledge the world, thats a coping mechanism. At this stage before intervention starts, i wouldnt be trying to change that, or force anything on him. Sometimes these things do more harm than good.
I hope you get your official answer soon xxx
12-03-2015 19:10 #18
We have just started the process too. (For ASD or ADHD)
1- Had our first parent session with psych
2- Child session same day
---> Yet to do:
3- Have paed session next week
4- Another psych session
5- Have a speech & language session booked for late March
6- Have an OT (including full sensory evaluation) the day after)
7- Another Psych and maybe further referral to another
8- Second session of speech & language assessment
Hopefully in the next 6-8 weeks we have some answers too.
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