If it is not ASD, what is it?

Kathy - posted on 04/21/2016 ( 2 moms have responded )

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After three years of research and denial that my son may very well have ASD, I finally suggested having him screened. So today, we went in to speak with a counselor who spent 30 minutes asking me a bunch of questions and then spent 30 minutes with my son. She then told me she does not believe it is ASD.
I am relieved to hear that her initial suspicion is that he does not have ASD. I am also a little shocked. I feel that my son has many of the criteria that fit ASD (according to all the articles that I have read). I find it distressing that all the articles I have read say screening is not a simple process and yet a person who has spent very little time with my son, can say, "no, I don't think it's autism".
Don't get me wrong, I am not dead set on getting an ASD diagnosis. I have been doing a lot of research for three years. I have spoken to a lot of people, including his teachers, the school principal and counselor. I have read articles about sensory dysfunction, oppositional behavior, anxiety disorders, ADD/ADHD, you name it. I have done the checklists that some of the articles provide and while they are not meant to diagnose they can serve as a guide to seeking help. which is why I asked for the ASD screening.
I guess I just want to definitively rule out ASD and would love to hear from others who have been through the screening process and find out if it is really this quick and easy to determine if it is ASD

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Kathy - posted on 04/22/2016

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the screen was down at a counseling center where I have been taking my son though I am beginning to believe he needs more help than they are willing to offer. i have asked the counselor on several occasions to collaborate with the school because they can give her more insight about what is happening at school. the counselor has made no effort to contact the school. the school did recently evaluate him for special ed eligibility and he does qualify. so maybe i will question the school about further evaluation. thank you for your response

Sarah - posted on 04/22/2016

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Where did you get the screening done? Your are correct, it takes more that one 30 minutes session to diagnose autism let alone determine where on the ASD spectrum your son falls. A full evaluation can be done thru your public school Dept. of Special Ed at your request and at no charge to you. The evaluation process can take time to complete and will include hearing, speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, cognition, social and psych eval as well. After all of the evaluations are complete the results will all be complied and someone will meet with you to discuss findings and recommend services if needed.
Here is a link with some great info about the process:
https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/evaluations/evaluation-basics/understanding-the-full-evaluation-process

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