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    My sons pedi brought up autism at his last appointment again. She is not sure what is going on exactly with him. If it is autism or a developmental delay. Anyways we have an appointment with a neurological pedi in two months. I was curious what takes place during the evaluation? Also my so freaks out in new places and I am afraid he is not going to cooperate with the doctor. What do they do in that case? I am so nevous about this appointment.


    Joshua- 04/08/08
    Sofia- 06/10/09
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    Our preliminary eval (not a diagnosis eval) was done through a state mandated program called Early Childhood Intervention. They came to us and observed and asked me questions and then asked him some questions and "played" with him. They created some scenarios during their play (pretended to be sad, or stole a toy to see his reaction, etc). However, my son was 2.5 when they came an evaluated him. I am not sure of the official diagnosis evaluations and how they happen, but I had some of the same concerns as you did for the one we had last summer.

    I'm sorry I'm not very helpful in answering those concerns. Perhaps his inability to deal with the new place will only aid in the evaluation. They can at least see THAT part of things. It might take more than one appointment. If they are good, they will want to look at all aspects of his living. They should want to see how he acts in his "natural" environment. How he acts in a "school setting" if he goes to one, and how he acts in an unusual setting.

    I hope that you guys are able to figure it out and that what needs to be seen is seen to get the proper diagnosis.

    We have another evaluation from the ECI people when my son turns 5, but we have a "conference" tomorrow. They are still unsure if they want to pursue an official evaluation for Aspergers or not.

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    Also, you can call and ask at the specialist's office. I'm sure they can answer your questions. They probably have been asked them before.
    Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
    Jacob 04-14-04
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    Thanks. I called the occupational therapist today and got an appointment for 2 months out also and the developmemtal pediatrician was booked til October. Why do the appoinments have to be so far out. Why didnt I make these appointments when she mentioned it at the 3 year appointment? I am kicking myself for it now.


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    I cannot answer your questions related to the pediatric appt. I am not sure how early intervention works in Florida. However, you can should be able to ask for early intervention assessments related to physical therapy and speech therapy (I would mention OT, but you already have an appt for that). In Indiana, your pediatrician must refer you for the evals, but you don't have to wait as long as you might for "private" appts. since early intervention is considered a state program. Those evals will not provide a diagnosis, but they will determine if your son is eligible for services. IMO, services are more important than the label right now. You can wait until October for an official diagnosis, but already have some support services in place. Good luck!
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    He had an assesment when he was 18 months and had services for speech but for some reason they did not give him ot because I think he was not behind at the time and now he is. He is in the state program for preschool now where he goes to a classroom for 6 hours a day where they work on school related things and some social skills. He doesnt get ot now and his speech therapy is for 1 hour a week. I dont feel like he is getting sufficiant help so I am hoping that if we dont get a diagnosis (which I am not worried too much about) atleast he may get the services he needs. At least I am hoping thats how it works.


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