Yes. Diagnosis was delayed because the doctors focused totally on her seizure disorder. Because it was so severe, they delayed diagnosing Autism. However, when she was finally tested, we did get a second opinion that confirmed the initial diagnosis.
We had 4 evals because the school district IEP team and the Regional Center each wanted to do their own and then our pediatric neurologist (whom we'd seen on the advice of the developmental pediatrician) wrote up a letter stating that she concurred with the autism diagnosis in case we needed to appeal any denial of service from either the schools or the Regional Center.
my son was diagnosed without any kind of assessment, by a paediatrician, but not a Dev. Ped. We had to fight to then get him seen by a Dev. Ped. Because it was seen as double doctoring. He now has a fabulous Dr. But she is hesitant to do any assessment because she doesn't want to dispute another drs diagnosis. But she is helping us settle his anxiety which is his largest barrier right now, & is willing to reevaluate the diagnosis later. Selective mutism hS been thrown out there several times by various professionals in his life
I had to get a second opinion for both my sons because the first doctor said there was nothing wrong.second doctor finally did a ados test and both my boys scored very high for autism.so glad I got a second opinion. As I knew as a mum something wasn't right.
We did not get a second opinion on either child. Early intervention came to our home for both and pointed us in the right direction. From there our PCP made the call, but we also got DX from a Neurologist and Paychiatrist afterwards to. We did not have to do that but we thought the extra paperwork would help and it has from therapies to SSI.