This might be kind of a vent, and a lot of questions. My son is 5, and as a part of Early Intervention they diagnosed him as Asperger's (Even though the term was not used any longer.) in January. These evaluators spent a few hours with him, in multiple settings and went by my own answers to questions. We finally got into the developmental pedi on Friday, and the doctor said he is only ADHD, with Emotional Lability. (even though he is 5, he is emotionally stunted at 2 years old.) She said because he is so smart, and can talk, he can not be HFA. (After I was lectured that Asperger's is no longer used...I only mentioned what the school psychologist diagnosed!) So now I don't know what to do. I love my son to death, and don't necessarily need a label of this, that or another. I just want to know he is going to get the services he needs. I know in our school district, the schools roll their eyes at ADHD since it is so prevelently diagnosed. And what is the difference between these two diagnoses, especially since it states he is emotionally and socially stunted, as the old Asperger's term did. I guess I don't understand right now. I'm trying too. She wouldn't let me explain why or even read the previous evaluations. She spent an hour with my son, and made her claim. She stated that she normally don't diagnose ADHD on a single visit, but because of how all over he was and how he couldn't understand personal space and didn't "allow time for eye contact", he had to be ADHD. Also, since he was defiant with the evaluator he had ODD, but didn't add that to her DX at this time.
Anyone have experience with this? And question the diagnois? I know it is harder when you have a child that is in the higher functioning aspect of Autism. I understand that my son is super smart...too smart. He tested at a 2nd grade level of knowledge at 5! But his social and emotional was that of a 28 month old! Add to it, I was told to talk to him at his IQ level, but when he has his emotional meltdowns, to treat him like the 28 month old. So I'm just kind of confused. I guess this isn't necessarily Autism related, since he was moved out of his diagnosis..but now I'm just confused.