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Which should i go through? *Update Edited*

Posted by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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do you think it would be best to go through the county or through a childrens hospital? Not sure which would be better. Suggestions please

 

 

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Okay so yesterday i was calling around and of course i had to wait for people to call me back. So her doctor DID give me a referal for the hospital(actually suprised me thought i was gonna have to beg/fight with him to get it)but the Childrens hospital called me today and said they are over booked and it's going to be atleast 2-3 months before they can see her.

I called my county EI back again today to get a referal from the central hub place. And they said they will call me back within 10 days for a appointment.

So either way i'ma have to wait it out, not sure where else to call unless i try getting her into a actual specialist but it'll still prolly be atleast a month or so wait for them too.

Thank you ladies so much!!!

by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM
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dawncs
by Dawn on Feb. 25, 2013 at 2:48 PM

I personally recommend going with a specialist recommended through your state chapter or local chapter of the Autism Society (http://www.autism-society.org/) or Autism Speaks (http://www.autismspeaks.org/). It is how I found a specialist to diagnose me after two failed attempts.

JTMOM422
by Brenda on Feb. 25, 2013 at 2:59 PM

I went through a hospital first. Because my ds is turning 3 the school system had him retested to see if he qualifies for school services

SarahLynn1985
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 3:11 PM
Ty ladies. I just called her doc to get a refferal for the hospital. They have all the specialists in one spot.
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TheLadyAmalthea
by Bronze Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

My son's eval was done through the state university here in town. No where else where I live really offers a legitimate evaluation. 

mypbandj
by Jen on Feb. 25, 2013 at 5:35 PM

First of all how old is your child?

There are two types of services...the one that is provided through the county or school is "educational" based. So, assuming your child is over three and would be going to get evaluated through the school district, they would be evaluated to see if they qualified for and Individualized Educational Plan or IEP. This can be very helpful to your child when they are in school. The school cannot make a medical diagnosis. They can only tell you if your child qualifies for educational services. 

The other option, going to get a diagnosis through a medical specialist (like at the children's hospital). You could start there, if you wanted to, and then bring that evaluation with you when you go through the school to see if it helps your child qualify for an IEP. It may and it may not. 

Here is a good example that might help you see the difference. I have a friend whose child suffered severe damage to her neck during birth (thanks to the dr) and it left her with almost no mobility in her arm. So while she benefited from occupational therapy through a private OT, she did NOT qualify for OT at the school. That's because the school claimed that her disabilibty did not interfere with her education. 

So which way to go? I think you could actualy do both. 

SarahLynn1985
by on Feb. 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM
She turns 2 next month so not really all that close to school.

Quoting mypbandj:

First of all how old is your child?

There are two types of services...the one that is provided through the county or school is "educational" based. So, assuming your child is over three and would be going to get evaluated through the school district, they would be evaluated to see if they qualified for and Individualized Educational Plan or IEP. This can be very helpful to your child when they are in school. The school cannot make a medical diagnosis. They can only tell you if your child qualifies for educational services. 

The other option, going to get a diagnosis through a medical specialist (like at the children's hospital). You could start there, if you wanted to, and then bring that evaluation with you when you go through the school to see if it helps your child qualify for an IEP. It may and it may not. 

Here is a good example that might help you see the difference. I have a friend whose child suffered severe damage to her neck during birth (thanks to the dr) and it left her with almost no mobility in her arm. So while she benefited from occupational therapy through a private OT, she did NOT qualify for OT at the school. That's because the school claimed that her disabilibty did not interfere with her education. 

So which way to go? I think you could actualy do both. 

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mypbandj
by Jen on Feb. 25, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Okay, then you would be calling your local Early Intervention, which is mandated by the same law as the preschool, so it's pretty much the same. In most places, to qualify, the child has to have a 25% delay in one area or 20% delay in two areas. Sometimes they can use clinical judgement. I would definately at least start with Early Intervention. They are going to be able to point you in the right direction as far as local services that you can use. I know that our EI does things like lending families ipads and having a moms night out once a month and stuff like that.

If it were *me* I would definately start with EI. If she does qualify, they will help you with the transition to the preschool as well.

I would then go to the children's hospital when I felt it was time for me to get more services or more information.

Quoting SarahLynn1985:

She turns 2 next month so not really all that close to school.

Quoting mypbandj:

First of all how old is your child?

There are two types of services...the one that is provided through the county or school is "educational" based. So, assuming your child is over three and would be going to get evaluated through the school district, they would be evaluated to see if they qualified for and Individualized Educational Plan or IEP. This can be very helpful to your child when they are in school. The school cannot make a medical diagnosis. They can only tell you if your child qualifies for educational services. 

The other option, going to get a diagnosis through a medical specialist (like at the children's hospital). You could start there, if you wanted to, and then bring that evaluation with you when you go through the school to see if it helps your child qualify for an IEP. It may and it may not. 

Here is a good example that might help you see the difference. I have a friend whose child suffered severe damage to her neck during birth (thanks to the dr) and it left her with almost no mobility in her arm. So while she benefited from occupational therapy through a private OT, she did NOT qualify for OT at the school. That's because the school claimed that her disabilibty did not interfere with her education. 

So which way to go? I think you could actualy do both. 


Charizma77
by Carissa on Feb. 25, 2013 at 8:06 PM

We went through Cildrens Hospitql of Pittsburgh

lady-J-Rock
by Bronze Member on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:10 PM

My son started daycare, they had us fill out an ages stages questionnaire. He scored really low on everything but gross motor skills. Here's the number to early intervention. It was the around the time of hishis 18 month check up. His pediatrician asked if we were concerned about him being autistic because he had been progressing and meeting skills on time but all of sudden he just stopped. He used to go in his Dr. would say hi Xavier and he would say hi back. He no longer responds to his name. Some days he doesn't talk at all. No mama no dada, hi ,bye, dog, eat. The early intervention team came out. He responded to music by flapping his arms.He would only respond to music. They asked if we were concerned about him maybe having autism. and here's the number to call to have him evaluated by the specialist. I called that number they sent out paperwork and they don't do evaluations until there's a plan with early intervention. So now we collect data for the next five Months..

VioletsMomTown
by Robyn on Feb. 25, 2013 at 10:32 PM

I just asked our family doctor for a referral to a developmental pediatrician, and we had one visit to meet her and the next was the ADOS test. I'm in Canada though, it seems different here than in the US

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