Gwen - posted on 02/02/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )
I have been reading that it takes people years trying to get a diagnosis for their children. How long did it take from the time you started getting you child tested when you knew something was different and how long was the test/visit for the final diagnosis?
From the beginning it took about 1 month. Getting his ears checked took the longest since most tests came back normal and some inconclusive. Then about 5 min for the neurologist to see him.
I didn't know that my child had anything until his new doctor said to take him to a neurologist because of his speech delay. I had him in speech therapy and he greatly improved his speech. Now that he is 6 nobody can tell. I got a referral from the doc and went to see the neurologist. There the neurologist checked him, asked questions to me about family history and asked my son a few questions. My son was an early reader, very bright, his speech therapist, teachers, and others say gifted, savant. Haven't had him checked for that. He was 4 when he was diagnosed, the doc wasn't sure what he had so I felt that he had to give a diagnosis because all other tests that were done were inconclusive. He said in his report "High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder possibly Aspergers" gave us the answer right there. I'm guessing he said Aspergers because of he was an early reader. We weren't there more than 10 minutes. How can someone give a definite diagnosis by seeing a kid for less than 5 minutes? He also mentioned that in 2 years we might now see any symptoms.
Just wondering if this visit to the neurologist was short.