Julie - posted on 12/22/2008 ( 29 moms have responded )
Our oldest son just turned three. When he was two and still not talking, his pediatrician sent him to have his hearing tested thinking that was the reason. His hearing was fine, but the ENT specialist suggested he was autistic. We were able to get in-home speech therapy through our Area Education Agency and he recently started 3 yr. old preschool (he is in special ed). We have seen some progress, but he still does not use words to communicate.
I am wondering if we should have him diagnosed to determine the severity of his autism or just continue what we are doing since he is able to receive help without an actual diagnoses. I am curious to hear from other parents. I have heard people say that we shouldn't allow him to be "labeled" as autistic since he will carry this lable the rest of his life even if he is able to function normally.