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Old 05-09-2015, 10:27 AM   #1
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Autism diagnosis?

My 7 year old DS was diagnosed with Sensory Processing Disorder at age 4. This was after suspicion of autism spectrum disorder. We only ever had him evaluated by the Child Find people through our schools. Today my husband asked me what I thought about DS maybe having autism. He's been spending a lot of time with DS and says he noticed things in addition to the fact that several people who have kids with autism have told him DS looks like he does as well. He feels like we've created an environment here at home where DS seems pretty normal, but that is less apparent when we are not home.
Can anyone tell me about the process for getting evaluated for autism? What's involved? Could we still get him diagnosed at age 7? I know usually diagnosis is made younger.

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Old 05-09-2015, 01:08 PM   #2
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Yes you can! My dd was finally fully diagnosed at 16. She was diagnosed at a younger age with spd & pdd-nos. We knew there was more. Ours was a little more difficult because she has selective mutism as well. She was most comfortable with our school psychologist so that is her handled her testing in the end. Do not stop until YOU are comfortable with the diagnosis. He may not have autism but there may be something else contact the school and request more evaluations. Also we got private therapy and evaluations too. In the end for our dd is was finding the person who she was comfortable enough with the test.
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Old 05-10-2015, 12:39 PM   #3
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Re: Autism diagnosis?

We homeschool, so the school system isn't going to help us. And considering that we went through the school system when he was 3 and they said he was fine, I doubt I'd get much better this time around. I think if DS is autistic he is very mildly affected. I suspect that will make it hard to really know for sure. I'm just really not sure what to do and how much I should pursue getting a diagnosis.
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Re: Autism diagnosis?

Yes you can get a diagnosis at 7, many children are diagnosed older. My son's diagnosis has changed as he has aged. His last official evaluation and diagnosis was at 11. Usually you would have an evaluation by an interdisciplinary team, developmental pediatrician or child psychologist. When you work with the school you are typically getting an educational diagnosis which is different than a medical diagnosis. If you are concerned speak to your son's pediatrician about getting a referral. In some areas you may be able to go to an autism clinic for diagnosis and therapy if he should need it.
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You can talk to your doctor about it and they can refer you somewhere. That's what we had to do. My son is four and we are still working on getting him fully diagnosed. First we went to a child psychiatrist and she diagnosed him with autism and sensory disorder. We are still waiting on a call from the autism center for further testing and treatment. He's doesn't have it very bad. So it's not as noticeable as it is with other kids. We have him in therapy now since he has delayed motor skills and it's really helping even with other things. I was told the older they are the harder it is to get testing done. But you still can.
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Re: Autism diagnosis?

yes you can my oldest daughter didn't get dx until 5th grade.
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Re: Autism diagnosis?

Do you have an Autism Society in your area? Maybe they could answer questions about how to get a referrel and where to get a diagnosis. They've been really helpful with our oldest son and his diagnosis at age 6. My husbands coworker had a daughter diagnosed at age 17.
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Old 06-24-2015, 10:06 AM   #9
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Re: Autism diagnosis?

You can find a specialist or a center in your area. Here in Maryland we have Kennedy Krieger and it's excellent. You can possibly get recommendations if you know people who have children with spectrum disorders or start researching what is in your area online.
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Old 06-28-2015, 10:09 AM   #10
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Re: Autism diagnosis?

Autism is mostly noted by parents and others as a difference in achieving developmental milestones or a difference in achieving societal expectations of certain reactions, functioning, and/or behaviors by certain times. It "shows" as developmental and it also shows in progression, regression, etc. It can be diagnosed at any stage by elementary school age or even later. Please speak with your child's doctor, or see a trained child psychologist or neurologist. They have an intense checklist with very specific criteria that gives the Rx or rules it out. There are also several autism information websites that can give you more information for your concerns to prepare you to speak with medical staff, school staff, family, friends, etc.
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