My son is diagnosed at the age of 3 YEARS OLD and now I took an appointment to reevaluate him at the age of 5. Please tell me is it good to reevaluate him or not ?
Whatever you do, try not to allow your child’s placement on the spectrum consume you. Honestly, it broke my heart when my son was diagnosed, although I knew he was Autistic prior. I let it bring me down to a level of depression that almost destroyed me. I have changed my mindset since his diagnosis. Whether our kids are a Level 1 or a Level 3, you will still love him or her & be proud of your beautiful child. A Level does not define our children, it’s just a way to categorize our precious children to suit societies need to label everything.
I had the same reaction. How can someone diagnose a 3 year old as having autism? I just couldn't believe it because a young kid is limited verbally and mentally so how do they know child's potential for growth?
My now 9 year old daughter has autism and there's no doubt about that. It bothered me at the time that they wanted us to pay thousands of dollars for ABA not telling us about ways to pay such as Medicaid waivers or moving to another state.
Autism can be a real downer because it changes your kid's future. You have deal with reality and get all the assistance available because this is marathon not a sprint. Families who don't have ASD in their lives don't realize how much the daily toll can wear you down. My daughter has made progress and I don't want people sugarcoating her development. She's no angel sometimes but I want to people to recognize her and not just turn away because she's not reacting the "right" way.
Gotcha have he had previous therapies ? 8 months of ABA my son went from Mild to Moderate on the Spectrum to High Functioning.
I have been struggling with this too, and I have even gone so far as to have it OKed by my insurance to get the psychologist that the did the official, original diagnosis to see him again.
There is nothing that can in any way be "fixed" by doing this. However, my thinking is this: It has been five years sine that diagnosis and he was very limited in how he could communicate with the psychologist, and while I do trust his school teacher and ABA therapist, it is POSSIBLE that some of his needs are not being met.
Perhaps there are some strengths or weaknesses areas of needs that I haven't noticed or even thought about. Plus, while his ABA people are great, they are young and in no way have the skills and knowledge that the psychologist has. The psychologist might talk to/test my son and say, "OK, this is an area that needs to be addressed."
This is what I think: If your insurance is going to pay for the visit, then by all means, why not?
On the other hand, every time someone I respect starts talking about my son's Autism, I am very grief stricken, and by going into the psychologist and demanding to hear more about it, is just asking for a sad sad day.
Both of my kids have gotten reevaluated through their school district every three years. I guess it can't hurt. New behaviors or issues can come up in two years as well. Whatever you're seeing now, you might see or know more about Autism in 2 more years.