Well I'm feeling a bit stuck
My son has just turned 6 years old
He has been diagnosed with a general moderate learning disability.
When he started school me and the teachers felt that there was something a bit different with him.
So we decided to go for an autism assessment. He was first assessed by the educational psychologist. Who diagnosed him with a learning disability. Overall the whole autism assessment process took about just over a year.
I received the report from the paediatrician who came… read more
I have 2 sons with ASD. Please do not accept your pediatrician’s or the school’s label. You are correct. There are advocates to help you in finding doctors and with the school. TO HELP YOU: school districts are governed by FERPA. School districts must respond to parental requests for evaluation such as neuropsychological testing; or other needs of your child. If they have corporal punishment, you have the right to refuse it be used on your child. ***Before your son starts back to school, request an ARD meeting before the start of school and Ask for an outside neuropsychological exam again in writing. The school must honor this request and you chose the doctor. Please do not let the school district choose for you. Make sure to get copies of the ARD meeting minutes & any other documents in writing before you leave. The school is responsible for the cost of the MD and testing. *** EVERYTHING YOU WROTE ABOUT YOUR CHILD IS PART OF AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDERS. I believe that a MD specialized in ASD could help. My sons graduated from a private high school for students with ASD as valedictorian and salutatorian.
Sounds like autism to me. Go with your gut and what you feel is best for kiddo. Dont wait for anyone to get on your bandwagon. Youre the driver...go
@LuSiMu3- I always blamed a learning disability for my being different until....I had both of my kids w/ Autism. After having my kids and seeing similarities in them, I knew I had something more so I got diagnosed and years later,Autism. I can't tell you how relieved I was to finally get diagnosed. I can relate to your post because I've had some of the things your child has. Both of my kids were diagnosed by a Neurologist .I would recommend you take your child to either a Neuropsychologist or Neurologist. A Neuropsychologist does a very thorough exam-they will test physical, mental,social,and academics. I just thought I'd mention that.
Search online for Autism clinics or specialist near you. He needs the full Autism eval to get correct diagnosis and, more importantly, correct ARD in school. Unfortunately, most public schools don't care and will only do the minimum required by law. Currently takeing my granddaughters district to court with the help of Disability Rights Attorney.