How old is too old to be diagnosed with autism?
My daughter has had an IEP since she was in first grade. I was told she couldn't have one after the third grade (she's in fifth now) unless she was deemed MR and due to her low iq test scores they could do that even though her problem is a cognitive one. Anyways after being frustrated with the school and the way IMO they were babying her instead of challenging her we took her to have additinal testing done to see if she has a learning disability ( I suspect dyslexia). Anyways it seems that she thinks in concrete and can't understand abstract ideas. The doctor recommended she see someone to test her for learning disabilities as all he handled was behavioral therapy. After the initial interview with this new doctor she seems to think that one of the reasons she scored low in her iq test is become of concrete thinking but that she also shows signs of autism/asperger's. also she suffers from short term memory loss due to lack of sleep bc she never fully goes into REM sleep at night. She will be seeing an ENT to deal with this problem. Anyways is it possible to have an autistic child and not be aware of it? How could the school not have caught something like that earlier? In my heart I've felt there was something a bit " off " with my daughter but I just blew it off bc for the first time I was a stay at home mom and I just spent more time with her than her siblings. Did I cause my daughter more harm than good by never mentioning my gut feeling? She's 11 years old and extremely shy but she has friends in school and loves sports and dancing. Any advice or just thoughts would be great especially since I feel really dense on the subject even though I've done nothing but research on it for the past week.
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