Severity and developmental level- how do you know?
I see a lot of you posting about the severity of your child's autism and what their developmental age vs. their actual age. We have been to two different behavioral pediatricians and neither would tell me. Are your doctors giving you this information? The first develop ped wouldn't tell me because he said it was all being redone and it wouldn't be fair to someone else to say that my son was high functioning or severe. This is part if the reason I didn't want to go to him anymore. Well, that and the fact that you could tell he didn't really like kids or respect them!
The current developmental ped I was pretty impressed with, but when I asked her where my son was developmentally she just said he had some really good things going for him, but may never be able to live independently from us. This was based on a 45 minute visit with her, but she said after this much time with other kids she WAS able to determine if they would live independently. It kind of floored me because I have never really had any doubt that he wouldn't be independent and...she never answered my question!
My son only met with the first doctor twice and the current one once. Is this not enough time to tell? So, I'm wondering... When and how did you ladies get this information?