My son was just diagnosed by the school with Mild Autism

BobbyJo - posted on 03/07/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )




My son was having some academic issues in school (he's 8) and I wanted him screened for and IEP so the school would help him academically. In that request I also asked that he be screened for Autism and we have a diagnosis. Of course I will follow up with an Autism Neurologist and testing for Autism at Children's Hospital. I really would like to connect with other mother's for advice and more knowledge on this issue.


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BobbyJo - posted on 03/19/2014




Thank you both...I am going to have my son tested professionally!!! I know he needs assistance with the instructions on his assignments and he's definitely his own littler person which does tend to keep him OFF task but I appreciate your feedback!

Jodi - posted on 03/07/2014




I agree with Shawnn, the school should not be diagnosing anything. By all means, they can recommend referring him for testing, but they shouldn't be doing the diagnosis.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/07/2014




The school is not qualified to diagnose autism. They will TELL you that they've diagnosed autism, but they are not qualified to do so. Until you have a physician's evaluation determining the condition, you will not know for sure.

That being said, if he IS determined to be on the spectrum, then the school will need to accommodate per physician's recommendations. If you have difficulty with that, you'll need to be prepared to have the physician prepare a statement for the school district.

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