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I want to know what to expect

Posted by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:44 PM
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My son failed an autism screening at the pediatrician the other day and they told me I would have to take him to see a psychologist or something to have him further tested. I'm just a little curious as to what to expect when we go. While I knew his temper tantrums were worse than any other child's I've ever known and his speech was delayed (so was his brother's and sister's) along with a couple other things, I wasn't surprised when they told me there could be something wrong, but wasn't expecting autism, si I'm still processing all of this. I have so many questions..from discipline..to helping my other children cope..and just want to know what to expect with everything

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mypbandj
by Jen on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM
How old is he? What screening did the ped do?
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kristen702
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:49 PM

He is 2 and a half. He's delayed in his speech (obviously) so she said it was routine to do a "screening" for autism, which was basically a paper with a whole bunch of questions on what he can and can't do, how he reacts to certain sitautions, things like that. And they told me that he failed it and were going to refer me to a psychologist for further testing

mypbandj
by Jen on Feb. 2, 2013 at 10:57 PM
I think it just depends on where you go and who you see.

My son is the same age and I called early intervention (a free service every state has for kids ages birth to 3). They came over and just asked me a million questions.

With my older son, we didn't start the process till he was older. We went to the local university where they have an autism clinic. It took several months to get an appointment but we were seen by a team of specialists who were able to see him in one morning. It involved lots of paperwork and questions. They also had him do some play based tests. He didn't think it was anything but play.


Quoting kristen702:

He is 2 and a half. He's delayed in his speech (obviously) so she said it was routine to do a "screening" for autism, which was basically a paper with a whole bunch of questions on what he can and can't do, how he reacts to certain sitautions, things like that. And they told me that he failed it and were going to refer me to a psychologist for further testing

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kristen702
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM

That's what I figured is it would be more questions and maybe want to observe him doing things. I'm not sure how he'll do with that cuz he's pretty shy around people he doesn't know and won;t want to get off my lap to play lol

kinshipcaremama
by Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:01 PM
OK....just because he failed the screening does NOT automatically mean your son has Autism. You need a full evaluation to know if your son has ASD or is simply a late bloomer like your other children. Try not to jump to any conclusions until you see the specialist.
kristen702
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:05 PM

Oh I know just cuz he failed the screening doesn't automatically mean he is autistic. But besides being delayed in certain things, some of the other symptoms that I've read that he has makes more sense now. If he does, he does. I just want to know so that I can get him the help that he needs is all.

mommy4lyf
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Get a second opinion. Make sure you are prepared for the result (with or without autism). You can't help your child if you can't think clearly. 

kristen702
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:54 PM
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Thanks :) my mom suggested that I get a second opinion also. I'm pretty prepared at this point. Like I said, I just want to know so I know what needs to be done to help him, with or without autism.

JTMOM422
by Brenda on Feb. 3, 2013 at 1:02 AM

I think the testing is a good idea because you will have an answer either way. I know that it's an hard idea thinking it could be autism but you are getting him tested early and if it is autism early intervention is the best thing. good luck with the testing momma and welcome to the group

hwifeandmom
by on Feb. 3, 2013 at 1:58 AM

This was our experience, too.  A long waiting list for testing.  Testing itself was done mostly through play for the kids and a lot of paperwork for me.

You might want to look for a neuropsychologist or a developmental pediatrician for testing.  A psychologist or a neurologist may also be able to do developmental testing.  My kids were tested by a team of doctors at our local Children's Hospital.  Our testing was pretty comprehensive and took several hours, split between 2-3 days.


Quoting mypbandj:

I think it just depends on where you go and who you see.

My son is the same age and I called early intervention (a free service every state has for kids ages birth to 3). They came over and just asked me a million questions.

With my older son, we didn't start the process till he was older. We went to the local university where they have an autism clinic. It took several months to get an appointment but we were seen by a team of specialists who were able to see him in one morning. It involved lots of paperwork and questions. They also had him do some play based tests. He didn't think it was anything but play.


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