The school team did a thorough evaluation based on several months of observation and data. I agree with their autism conclusion based on my own observations and research. There are very few child neuropsychologists in my area and the waiting lists are quite long. Now that we have an IEP and we are giving her the necessary support at school, how urgent is it to get a medical diagnosis? My daughter does not have… read more
My son is 24 years old and was diagnosed with Aspergers officially in 2011. I have since learned that a medical diagnoses is important to have on file for applications for college scholarships, and free support services that will become invaluable as you continue to support your daughter. My son didn't have any behavioral issues and I wanted to avoid treating him with any type of drug so I stayed away from a medical diagnosis because I didn't know what I didn't know. Now, I truly believe a medical diagnosis is necessary for a whole host of other types of support.
I did the same thing as you. I waited until I thought I needed it. But there are other services she may qualify for thru the county. (For free) And this will set her up for the future (SSI). A history of needs always makes it easier instead of just coming on board.
I agree with Janeen. Services are available for her with a medical diagnosis.
Outside behavioral and other therapy can help her catch up and cope, even if she does not have behavioral issues. If you let them know that you are interested if a cancellation comes up, you can possibly avoid the wait. We skipped a long wait this way. Sometimes school provides great services. In our experience, outside help did the most.
For our health insurance, the medical diagnosis was necessary for ABA coverage and also had the effect of removing visit limits on occupational and speech therapy (from 20/year to unlimited). I believe this was due to California regulations (the state where the plan is regulated matters, not the state where you live). Our insurer accepted a diagnosis from a psychiatrist, phd clinical psychologist, or developmental pediatrician. But they did not accept the school evaluation or a masters-only psychologist.