Joshua's Autism Evaluation
First I'm going to say that I don't have results yet, that will come tomorrow or Thursday. We could have opted to wait 4-6 weeks to get the written report (which we will still get) but we chose to get a phone call when they've made a decision.
I have to say I am surprised at some of the things they said. For instance (and this was a pretty big one for me) when he gets excited and sometimes when he gets upset but more often excited he gets on his knees and bounces up and down and will wave his arms. They called that flailing and made it sound like an Autism trait. Joshua is developmentally delayed and can't do much to indicated his excitement like he can't talk so to me that is something he does to communicate which they did agree with but also called it strange/weird behavior. I happen to disagree with this. He does have sensory issues, the reason we sought the diagnosis in the first place, we sought it before he got his other diagnoses. We decided to go through with it, figured it couldn't hurt and his therapists agreed so we did.
I know that I could just be in denial if he gets diagnosed but I really do disagree especially about the "flapping". They did say they would take into account his developmental delay. His chromosomal disorder one of the symptoms is Autistic tendencies so it's not surprising that he has some sensory issues, I don't think he belongs on the spectrum.
Here's some other things we talked about. There was a Dora Backpack toy where you pressed the smile on the front and it sang or said things. They talked about the fact that he kept pressing it even when it was already going. The fact that he's not pointing but again this goes with his global developmental delay, they did like that he was reaching for things as a form of gesturing. The fact that he doesn't have any friends yet but I kept telling them that he is getting more and more interested in the other kids at school. He is very social though and they did see that. Now I just have to hope I told them everything and wait.