my sons drs all belive he has a mild autism spectrum disorder which is not fully diagnosed at this time. unfortunately he has to be evaluated by a team to get this diagnosis which does not look like will be done for some time. with that being said all help and advice will not be given without that diagnosis even though that is what they believe is the issue. I was hoping some one here might be able to help. Any advice would be great. my son is 5 yrs old and in Kindergarten
Nothing quick in health care. if nothing else it is teaching me patience
I dont know why the school psychiatrist cant just give a diagnosis its frustrating. we agreed to seeing him thinking we would get some answer and it was just a big waste of time. as for priviat evauations i dont know of any places that will do it otherwise my husband and i would definately go that route. This waiting is painful. all you want is the best for you child and then the health system just pisses around. SO annoying
What is the reason the school psychiatrist doesn't just diagnose him if she feels it fits?
We ended up paying for a private eval, insurance covered a small portion. But it was much faster. We couldn't really afford it, but between my husbands insurance and my ex pitching in, it was more manageable. The office we went to was also willing to set up a payment schedule.
In Alberta, we have a program for families who are awaiting diagnosis as long as a doctor writes a letter to state the child is being evaluated. I'm not sure if SK has anything like that...but social services might be able to help you figure that out...
My son has already had the school phychiatrist evaluation who belives he does fall in the spectrum and his Dr also belives he might also fall into it. Unfortunately the system is not condusive to helping those of us that have un official diagnoses even though they are just as real. We are on the wait list to see the multi discipliary team but is does not seem like it is going to be in the near future. I phone every couple of weeks but they have no answer as to when he will be seen. Most other places tell me with out the diagnosis there is little they can offer. Brian Bass - this autism speaks.org thing can they mail to canada and what exactly is it. and are they open to discuss and answer questions to those that have unofficial diagnosis
This might be a useful site for SK.
I personally feel a multi-disciplinary team is best. It reduces the possibility of misdiagnosis.
If/when you do get a formal diagnosis, be sure to apply for the CRA Disabiliy Tax Credit. If you get CCTB you may also be eligible for an additional disability benefit. Both the tax credit and disability benefit are retroactive up to 10 years but you must request this in writing.
Good luck. The waiting is the hardest part! *hug*
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