My son is autistic, he has a pretty mild form of it and most people are shocked when I tell them. However, when he was 2, I knew something was off and by the time he was 4, I knew he needed to see an Occupational Therapist. The only way to get into an OT, was to have a diagnosis done. So we moved forward with evaluations and he was diagnosed as "high functioning autistic".
My mom was upset and told me not to have him diagnosed because it would be on record for the rest of his life. I've heard a ton of other moms say things similar to that as well.
I don't understand because it's not like anyone ever really pulls your pediatric medical records as an adult. To me, I got the diagnosis so he could receive the services I knew he needed now. As he grows, he may not need any services, but the diagnosis he received at 4 isn't really going to haunt him forever.
What's your view?
Answer by Mrs.BAT at 4:57 PM on Aug. 19, 2010
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Answer by Cats3to2 at 3:31 PM on Aug. 19, 2010
It sounds like you may avoid labeling him Autistic. You use words like mild and high functioning. You want everyone to know he isn't that bad. People want their kids to be normal. Yes labels follow you. My son has bipolar disorder. He is an adult and can't buy life insurance or get a pilot's license.
Answer by Gailll at 3:32 PM on Aug. 19, 2010