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