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My son recently went through the evaluation and falls on the spectrum. He was evaluated by a private innovative therapy service and hasn't been officially diagnosed by his doctor because his doctor told us to do early intervention and wait it out. Well waiting it out means that we have to pay over 1000 a month in therapy and don't qualify for the programs that are free or low cost (except for birth to three) because we don't have a diagnosis (this is my understanding please correct me if I am wrong but this is what I was told) so should we skip what our doctor is saying and find a developmental pedatrician to get a diagnosis from since we know based on the evaluation we got privately that he falls on the spectrum. We will have our official evaluation report in hand next week. Any advice on what we should do? Should we wait it out? Like our pediatrician said and just do whatever therapy we can in the meantime and try to get involved in a birth to three program in the new county we wil be living in? Should we demand to have the pediatrician evaluate him? She knows that there are concerns that is why she referred us to start birth to three to begin with. The service we used did a global assessment by the way.
(p.s we do qualify for birth to three in our county but we are now in the middle of a move and switching everything over, however there are many more services our state offers but it is for children that have been diagnosed and we haven't been officially and with the move we also haven't been able to do the birth to three yet as we are still getting things swtiched over so we made the difficult choice to pay out of pocket for therapy for now)
He is 26 months old and he has almost all of the 9-12 month skills and some of the 12-15 month skills but not very many. He uses 10-15 words but not reguarily, he darts back in forth over and over, he stims constantly, he doesn't make eye contact if he does its for less than a second, He doesn't communicate sentences or verbalize his needs, he has frequent temper tantrums (most 2 year olds probably do), he doens't call me mommy and never has, he allows us to cuddle sometimes but not often, he spins in circles (not as much anymore), he looks out of the corner of his eye (lower corner of his eyes), he can't transition from one thing to the next, his mind goes and he can't focus, he sometimes doesn't respond to his name (I used to think he was deaf), he seemed to be developing normal at first and then things changed, he covers his eyes and ears when its too loud or too much sensory, he is a happy child, loving, funny and full of life and based on these "symptoms" you wouldn't think so but really he really is.. some people cannot even tell.. only professional people with insight about autism can tell. That is just a little info about him.