My child was diagnosed with ASD by a developmental/behavioral pediatrician, who we continue to check in with throughout the year. And have been for nearly two years now. I’ve heard some MAT friends mentioning their neuropsych as the one who diagnosed and/or works w their family. Is there a distinct difference in why you’d choose one specialist VS another? Is it age related, do these specialists work in tandem, etc.? Any perspective, very interested to know!
We have a 2 developmental pediatricians, a clinical psychologist who has spent 20+ years in the ASD world, as well as a neurologist. Our pcp pediatrician did an informal eval without putting the diagnosis on paper and referred us to the psychologist who did the formal eval and officially diagnosed my son. We then were referred to the neurologist who preformed the EEG to rule out seizure activity and are working on his medicines (finding the right balance). I wanted answers, needed guidance, so I insisted on all the above. I am not a huge fan of medicines for him, but they are helping my son slow his brain down enough that he can focus and has made huge strides in his intellectual development.
Our 2nd developmental pediatrician is at a near by hospital in a department that deals with studying Autism; so I use them for our more hands on approach, other routes to take, etc -dealing directly with his autism.
Autism is a neurological disorder. Neurologist can order developmental tests, refer for services and prescribe medicine. They also probe for causes of autism such as genetic factors, brain scans to see if there is brain damage/tumor and in case of seizures run tests and treat them. I would choose a neurologist over all else because autism is a neurological disorder and who better to understand the brain than a brain doctor .i.e neurologist.
We saw a Developmental Pediatrician a few months after our son was diagnosed. He offed therapy, school and evaluation suggestions. We are planning on scheduling a neuropsych exam to try to gain more perspective. We were told that the exam is intense and some kids are not developmentally ready. We are going to a Neuropsychologist that specializes in Autism. A Neurologist can preform an EEG and look for things like seizures.