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diagnosing medical vs educational

Posted by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 1:22 AM
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Where were you diagnosed/screened through
The pedi or early childhood education?
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by Bronze Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 1:38 AM
R has a medical diagnosis. EI gave us aba based on the dev. ped.'s diagnosis. The school denied her special education though because she scored to high on their tests. They would not do an autism evaluation. They also would not do an OT evaluation. They said her autism would not hinder her learning. All of jet private evaluations have get scoring a year to a treat and a half behind her age. She just turned 3.

Edit to add, she gets in home aba paid for by our insurance, asd well as ot, pt, and speech.
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MommaHubbard
by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 6:59 AM

My son has a medical dx which he received in a day treatment program. He was having severe problems in kindergarten and they looked at them as behavioral issues. They wanted me to send him to a day treatment program. When I did, he was also dx with adhd as well as asperger's. When I went to put him back in public school, even though the day treatment program recommended him for a special education evaluation, the public school felt that since he was medicated now, he was fine. There is a strong suspician that he has a slightly higher-than-avergae iq so the public school felt that since they thought he was fine accademically, they didn't want to evaluate him. That really frustrated me since just because his iq  might be a little higher than other kids doesn't mean that he can function in a group. He will receive a formal cognitive and social skills evaluation in about 2 months from a local children's hospital. But, I have already taken him out of public school and sent him to an ABA therapy center full-time (our insurance covers it all). Waiting for the public school system for us wasn't the best choice for my son. They only wanted to give him a 504 and 1 hr of social skills training with the school guidance counselor every-other week. If I would've allowed that, in 7th grade, my ds would surely have had major issues-if he would've made it that far. He is also on 4 pills a day at 5 yrs old and I would like to start to take him off of some of them eventually. As soon as I mentioned THAT to the public school, they thought him leaving their school was a GREAT idea! Right now, the ABA center is working with Liam on how to tie his shoes and color while sitting next to other kids who might bump into him while he works or make the table shake. This might not sound like a big deal but my ds simply cannot handle that right now. I am so thankful for our insurance! Imagine if he were to try to learn the skill of working with imperfection at 12 yrs old instead of 5? I'm sure that woyuld have to be harder for him. He will also be screened for ST and OT at this center, where I think he may receive OT sense my ds has some sensory issues as well. Public schools were just not an option for getting services for my ds.

LaurieMomof4
by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 8:27 AM

We had evaluations through both. We started testing through the school district when my son was 4.5. They found red flags for spectrum disorders which qualified him for educational services. He transferred from a private preschool (which wasn't going well) to the special education preschool program through the public school then started special education kindergarten with his IEP. This year we took him to UCLA for a full medical diagnosis. He was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism/Aspergers ADHD. With that diagnosis we were able to get him qualified for ABA which he will be having in home 20+ hours a week, plus now we are medicating for the ADHD symptoms. That medical diagnosis was also useful in helping me push for more services through the school district, I was able to get speech and OT for him based on the doctors recommendations. 

mypbandj
by Jen on Feb. 26, 2013 at 8:49 AM
My older son started out at the school with an IEP and they encouraged us to see a dr. He later ended up with a medical diagnosis.

My younger son seems to be similar to his brother but he's still so young (two) that idk. He qualified for EI and he will be evaluated by the preschool in April/May. I have a fear that they won't qualify him right now. If that's the case, well either way actually, I will watch him as he grows and if he doesn't grow out of his "symptoms" then I will seek out a medical diagnosis.
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JTMOM422
by Brenda on Feb. 26, 2013 at 9:39 AM

 We were dx by a child psychiatrist who is also a pediatrician. Since my child is starting preschool in April the school system did their own ADOS2 evaluation on him. They said that it was for educational purposes to see where ds fits on the spectrum and to see where he may need the most help

prinsteph
by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 9:55 AM

   We got a medical dx first through a Developmental Pediatrician @ 30 mnths. Then we she was evaluated through early steps who agreed w/ the dx, and FDLRS who agreed that she qualifies for "ASD services".


     Though I wish at times all the professional didn't agree with the dx, it's nice when someone says "she's not austic she's...." I can say, while I value your opinion, 3 diff sets of professionals have evaluated her and ALL came to the same conclusion.

elkmomma
by Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 9:56 AM

DS Ped asked but it was his councilor that initially tested then we followed up with specialists.

Sharbear42371
by on Feb. 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM
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Nothing more aggravating than someone who ISN'T a professional to think they can dx our children.  Even ppl I love and respect say some of the dumbest things sometimes.  I just chalk it up to ignorance of the subject and move on.  

Quoting prinsteph:

   We got a medical dx first through a Developmental Pediatrician @ 30 mnths. Then we she was evaluated through early steps who agreed w/ the dx, and FDLRS who agreed that she qualifies for "ASD services".


     Though I wish at times all the professional didn't agree with the dx, it's nice when someone says "she's not austic she's...." I can say, while I value your opinion, 3 diff sets of professionals have evaluated her and ALL came to the same conclusion.



Rosebud27aj
by Amanda on Feb. 26, 2013 at 10:10 AM

For my ds who is 6 went through a medical specialist, he has 2 diagnoses...my ds who is 3 went through childhood education, but will be seeing a medical specialist in a few months...

emarin77
by Silver Member on Feb. 26, 2013 at 1:26 PM

My son was originally diagnosed by a private child psychologist.  To attend public preschool he was screened by the psychologist of the school district.  In my experience pediatrician doctors are not very good at diagnosing children with Autism.

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