Stacy - posted on 04/13/2015 ( no moms have responded yet )
My 9 year old son recently spent 1 month at an inpatient Child Diagnostic Unit at a Psychiatric Research Institute, and was diagnosed with Moderate ADHD, mild depressive disorder, and Mild Autism Spectrum Disorder with no Cognitive or Language Delay. His comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation included the ADOS-2. Upon returning to public school, the district would not agree to provide SpEd support from one of the district's autism rooms, but insisted that he remain in the Behavior room at his current school (against the recommendation of the Child Diagnostic Unit). Their reasoning was that the ADOS-2 administered by school personnel the previous year indicated that he did not meet criteria for educational autism. Rather than accepting the most current ADOS-2 from the CDU, they insisted on administering the ADOS-2 again (same school personnel), and again concluded that he did not meet criteria for educational autism. He has severe aggression in response to transitioning, changes in routine, someone getting in his personal space or misperceiving someone's actions/words. The school district still considers him as having aggressive behavior and noncompliance due to emotional disturbance, rather that acknowledging that a large portion of his aggression could be due to the medical diagnosis of ASD. Looking for ANY helpful insight regarding medical versus educational autism as it relates to IDEA.