Help me with a 16 year old with undiagnosed aspergers!

Michelle - posted on 04/25/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a 16 year old boy who had a traumatic birth with a suction cap and forceps which i believe has lead him to have undiagnosed aspergers syndrome and dyspraxia. Over the years people have told me that there is nothing wrong with him and i should leave him to get on with school life. He has been seen by speech and language therapists who have said there is nothing wrong with speech and understanding and one just recently advised that i should not pursue a peadeatric view as he is in the middle of his GCSE's and this will put on more pressure. I am worried about the future and when full time education is no longer an option but the authorities seem to think he will be able to make the decision himself if he wants to pursue the matter in the future as he is 16. any advice on what my next move should be?

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Michelle - posted on 04/26/2013

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He has reached 16 without being diagnosed because family and friends have persuaded me that he is fine and there is nothing wrong and that i shouldnt medal with him and that if there was something wrong the health vistor would have picked up on it a long time ago. He has always been different in compariosn to others of his age and this isnt something i thought of yesterday i have researched it and been to doctors and speech therapists who have said he can speak well and is very clever so there is nothing wrong but i know and he does that is not the case. The last speech therapist said she could refer me to a peadeatrician but this would only give me a label for him i dont want a label i want help to cope with him and the horrible comments people make about his behaviour thinking he is just insulent. they said he was on the autisim spectrum at the age of 8 but them the speech therapist signed him off and i was left thinking i was a neurotic mother.

Jodi - posted on 04/25/2013

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If he has reached 16 without being diagnosed, why now? And why are you putting a label on him without an actual diagnosis? What is he suddenly doing now that is only now prompting you to decide that is Aspergers (I am assuming you have only just decided this, otherwise I would have assumed you would already have been through the appropriate channels to a diagnosis)?

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