Faith - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )
He said it wouldn't change how he's treated and counseled. He said they have him down as ADHD and social phobic and mentioned something about ruling out Asperger's?! He said I could pursue the testing if I wanted to, but he didn't see the significance in that.
I am upset because the only time he has ever had a psych eval was in the 1st grade. He has an IEP, but they've been using teacher input for the every 3 years evaluations based on his LD in reading. I guess this explains why we do not have or have not pursued a diagnosis yet. I keep reading about high function autism being masked. I'd say so. Yet, when calling around, I get asked why he isn't already diagnosed. grr.
Looks like I have a 6-12 month or more process ahead though due to waiting lists and state budgets. Even the medical universities are booked for 6 months solid. (Trying to find a developmental pediatrician.)
I am also going to have to retell the school district to evaluate him again. He's in the 7th grade and his last/only eval was 1st grade, 1st time (we held him back to repeat 1st grade after starting 2nd grade even with an IEP, he was in way over his head.)
The only reason he even was "placed" in 1st grade from Kindergarten was due to his extreme intelligence in math. They placed him so that 1st grade would be the better year to repeat if needed. They were amazed at his math skills since he was doing touch math in 5K and no one had taught him that. Of course, I had never heard of it and he didn't know it was touch math he was doing. Even now, he feels like he already knows new math skills the first time he sees them. He just struggles with the "classroom" aspects of math, i.e. taking notes, homework, etc.
I digress. My original topic question: Isn't it important to get the Autism (high-functioning) diagnosis to get other needed services he should benefit from besides a lot of pill-popping? He takes 3 pills in the a.m, 1 after school and 5 at bedtime! My mom said it's like asthma, doctors will treat it, but won't diagnose it because it is a permanent, life-long diagnosis?! Why would you avoid an autism diagnosis like that?! That confuses me. It's not something you grow out of, is it?