Who else's kids have a dx of moderate to severe?
I've noticed that most of the kids of parents on here seem to have dx of aspergers, PDD-NOS or high functioning autism. My daughter was dx as moderate to severe, is there anyone else's kids with this dx? What do you think makes our kids have that dx instead? It seems like my daughter is so similar to those kids with a high functioning autism dx, but she was considered "functionally non-verbal" at the time which basically meant she could let us know what she wanted by showing us instead of verbalizing. Its been less than 6 months since her dx and she's speaking so much more now. I know she will get there. It makes me wonder, how accurate can the test be when our kids are not speaking right at that snippet in time?She is so intelligent, she just can't always show it when she's put on the spot.
Frankly I don't really care what her dx is, because it opened doors for her to get more therapies, so I wouldn't want her to lose it just for that reason. I am curious as to how other kids with the moderate to severe diagnosis have done as the years have gone on? If I was to listen to "experts", then I should not hold out a whole lot of hope for her ever living a productive and independent life with that dx. I don't listen, I think her abilities are limitless, it just takes her longer to get there.
It kind of bothers me when parents make a big point of saying my child is high functioning, or specifically stating that it is asperger's instead of autism, when it is all part of the spectrum. The traits seem so alike. Why can't we just call it all autism? I feel like its a caste system.