Development & behavioral pediatric specialist or neuropsych testing for my 6 yo son?
Hello, my son is 6 years old and we are suspecting maybe learning disability because he has begun to regress in school and having a hard time retaining things learned in school. Oh and I was thinking there might be some ADD as well because of his attention span. But I've always said boys at that age are normally hyperactive and energetic. Also he has developed in the last few months a thing he does with his eyes. He rolls them and it got worse over the Christmas break. We are thinking it's a tic of some sort. I understand its not uncommon for a child between 5-7 to get these then they can go away. Anyway my son (1st grade) attends one of the best private schools in our area. But lately I am not having so much faith in them. First they told me to have him tested for a learning disability and I agreed that was a good idea. By the way, when I say they I mean the schools Mental Health Consultant who has a PsyD degree. she's the one who suggests these things but the head of the school seems to go with whatever she says, always. So I called the school district to get the ball rolling on that on the testing. But then his school says going through the public school system isn't good because going through a private clinic which is thousands of dollars is best. But I still chose to do the public way because I know several who have had much success going this route. Then they said because of she rolling they said to forget about the testing for learning disability and have him tested by a neuropsychologist and said it would be $3,000. They are really pushing for me to go with their referral. But my sons pediatrician. Said he wants a developmental behavioral specialist to see my son who also specializes in tics. My sons dr is one of the chiefs of staff at the children's hospital near us and wonderful. My sons school psychologist told me going through insurance the doctors aren't good & children's hosp. doesn't have a neurologist! That's not true! Either she just lied or she doesn't know what she's talking about. I told my sons pediatrician and was so irritated with what she said and said of course we have neurologist. Anyway basically my sons school is pushing me to do it their way saying their people are best. But everyone knows children's hospital is wonderful. Also the specialist our pediatrician what's us to see is wonderful and has been recognized for his wonderful work with 20 years experience. Monday I plan to tell my sons school thank you but the info your psychologist consultant gave was inaccurate about the hospital. Also that I have chosen to go the route our pediatrician thinks we should go. They have become such a pain and its like they are getting a cut of the deal if I go to their person. Our pediatrician got us to see a behavioral specialist who has a 6 month waiting period next week. What are your thoughts on seeing a behavioral specialist vs. a neurologist first? Do you agree my sons school is just doing too much and looking out for their people? Anyone with experience with using a Peadiatric Developmental & Behavioral specialist and having their child get neuropsych testing done please give input and advice! Sorry for the long story but I'm lost, saddened and totally stressed. I just want to make sure I'm doing what's best for my son. Thank you!!
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