Tina - posted on 11/21/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )
Hello everyone I am kinda new to this forum. I have a huge dillemma. Abut 4 months ago MY daughter's daycare workers suggested that I have her tested for Autism b/c she displays some of the behaviors they have seen in other Autistic students. I was aware that she was behind a little developmentally, but in some areas she excels. To put a long story short, I have known since at least a year old that my daughter was different than other children, from the shyness that I swore she would "grow out of", the sensory hyper-sensitivity, to the now ever-present meltdowns. So, in OCt. I took her in for an eval with a pyschologist and her experienced first hand how she behaves. He suggested it was AS and said I should get a diagnostic exam from a team of specialists at the public school system. After months of phone tag with these people, and hours and hours of research myself on AS, I took her in yesterday for the speech testing and psych eval. They told me her speech was fine and within 2 min, said she does not have Autism b/c she gave the SLP eye contact. I expained that we never thought she had sever autism, it was Aspereger's we questioned. They told me that you cannot diagnose AS in an child under 7 yrs.old. so .... while she has some questionable issues "just keep hanging on and maybe bring her back in a few years if it does not change." I was nearly in tears as I asked them what do I do when she has her meltdowns? I dont know how to help her. How do I help her through her food aversions, issues with wearing on ly certain clothes and shoes and socks, freaking out from certain smells, and forget about using public restrooms-the flusing sound sets her off! they simply told me I have a unique child. Wow!! I am so upset about this, I know just from research that my child displays all of the symptoms of AS and on this Discussin forum alone have seem other 3 y r olds diagnosed. WHat would u suggest I do ?I will not give up on my child!! any advice will be gratefullu appreciated.