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Old 04-09-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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Autism/adhd testing

Does anyone know what they all consist of for a almost 3 year old? I'm taking my son to the evaluation once my insurance gives the okay. I know he has ADHD because I have a sever case and its genetic.
All I know is its going to be a 4-6 hour session and I have no clue what to expect.

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Old 04-09-2013, 06:32 PM   #2
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Parent interviews and checklists observations, some formalized testing. The ADOS is a possibility. Don't remember what it stands for but its a structured interaction that is scored. If the ADHD is very severe, I have seen autism symptoms disappear when the ADHD is effectively medicated. Good luck!
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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Thank you so much. I was thinking that this was more ADHD then autism but his doctors seem to think autism is a high possibility.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:35 PM   #4
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Re: Autism/adhd testing

Like mibarra said there will be parent interview and then testing with the child. It depends on what type of doctor you are seeing. It was very different between the psychologist, neurologist and developmental specialist. Neurologists are interested in testing for health issues first and then refer on to neuro-psychologists, psychologists do a parent interview on one day and then did two separate days of testing with the child. The developmental specialist sent tests for dh and I to fill out online and also for a "teacher" to fill out (we had a fellow taekwondo instructor do it, our son is older) then did a meeting for evaluation. He would typically do a second meeting for evaluating LDs and IQ but since Kearnan already has a diagnosis and all of that testing in place he didn't bother. That testing was done by the psychologist (only a few months before seeing the developmental specialist, I was not overly fond of the psychologist, I didn't think she was very helpful).

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See I faintly remember all the testing but I was only 5 so I don't remember what doctor was what, it was 16 years ago. I totally forgot about asking my doctor what the testing would consist of because I was getting worked up.
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See I faintly remember all the testing but I was only 5 so I don't remember what doctor was what, it was 16 years ago. I totally forgot about asking my doctor what the testing would consist of because I was getting worked up.
For really young kids most of the testing is play. When Kearnan was three they mostly asked him to do things like bring them specific blocks or make a pattern with things, use toys the way they were intended and follow directions in play ect. Even with that he could still get pretty worked up (he hates it when he thinks people "aren't listening" to him ). Now at 11 a good deal of his testing is still presented in play. They play games, build structures (he has to build a 3d representation of a picture out of legos) or act out social situations but he also has to do more academic style testing as they test him for Learning disabilities and IQ.
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Oh this is going to be interesting. My son does not like to fallow directions one bit. I'd say 8 out of 10 times he'll act like he can't hear you. I also think he has OCD or something because he has to color coordinate EVERYTHING! Red blocks go there and blue blocks there. Red trucks here red cars there blue trucks here, that kind of OCD. Some days it changes and he has to have the cars in one spot and trucks in another. When he eats nothing can be touching another of he wants nothing to do with it.
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Oh this is going to be interesting. My son does not like to fallow directions one bit. I'd say 8 out of 10 times he'll act like he can't hear you. I also think he has OCD or something because he has to color coordinate EVERYTHING! Red blocks go there and blue blocks there. Red trucks here red cars there blue trucks here, that kind of OCD. Some days it changes and he has to have the cars in one spot and trucks in another. When he eats nothing can be touching another of he wants nothing to do with it.
The bolded are Autistic things from my understanding. They are very specific kids. I am seeing more and more things in my DD.
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The bolded are Autistic things from my understanding. They are very specific kids. I am seeing more and more things in my DD.
That's what prompted his doctor to lean more towards Autism. That and the fact that he laughs uncontrollably at inappropriate times and cries for no reason at all. The thing that worried her the most was his lack of fear. I'm extremely nervous and scared.
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That's what prompted his doctor to lean more towards Autism. That and the fact that he laughs uncontrollably at inappropriate times and cries for no reason at all. The thing that worried her the most was his lack of fear. I'm extremely nervous and scared.
OCD + ADHD often = Autism in the kids I've worked with, if that makes sense. Likely the tester will push his limits a little because they want to see how he reacts.
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