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How do you ask for an autism evaluation?

Anonymous
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I would like to have my dd evaluated for several reasons. She has seen a psychiatrist and psychologist for when the school was pushing adhd (which they all denied her having), and she of course has a ped she sees once a year. She is rarely sick.

Who do I talk to? Do I call her primary ped? Or does she need to go back to the psychiatrist? I'm not looking for an excuse for her, but if she is autistic then maybe I can find resources to help with some of her issues.

Tia
Posted by Anonymous on Jan. 26, 2017 at 6:56 PM
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MrsTMN12
by Bronze Member on Jan. 26, 2017 at 6:59 PM
I got a referral for a neuropsychological evaluation from early intervention but you can ask any and all the ones you listed and they can do an initial questionnaire and go from there. My son was diagnosed at 15months. Can I ask what concerns you?
bob.the.minion
by 🍌bababa baba nana on Jan. 26, 2017 at 7:01 PM
When my friend's kid was getting an iep for their adhd, they decided the kid had too many quirks and tics that looked like autism as well, so the school evaluated the kid, decided the kid met their standards for autism, and the referral got passed on to the doctor and onto the specialist.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jan. 26, 2017 at 7:04 PM
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I would think that between seeing a psychologist, a psychiatrist, her regular doctor and her teachers on a regular basis, one of them would have brought up/suspected autism if she displayed any of the classic signs. Why do you think she might be autistic?
BatPooCrazy
by <--That I Am on Jan. 26, 2017 at 7:07 PM

since she is school age, you need to write a letter to the special education department requesting a full psychological evaluation done.

if you want to go through your insurance, get a neuro eval done.

or you can pay for a psych eval as well.

you do NOT need referrals, unless your insurance requires them

peanutsmommy1
by Ruby Member on Jan. 26, 2017 at 7:11 PM
This is where things get tricky. A medical diagnosis of autism is not going to qualify a child automatically for school services.



Quoting BatPooCrazy:

since she is school age, you need to write a letter to the special education department requesting a full psychological evaluation done.

if you want to go through your insurance, get a neuro eval done.

or you can pay for a psych eval as well.

you do NOT need referrals, unless your insurance requires them

BatPooCrazy
by <--That I Am on Jan. 26, 2017 at 7:14 PM

which is why she should start with the district...

the district cannot by law say no to an eval.  if the district finds her DD to not be on the spectrum, she can then go privately and the re-request another eval, with the dr.s evals included

Quoting peanutsmommy1: This is where things get tricky. A medical diagnosis of autism is not going to qualify a child automatically for school services.
Quoting BatPooCrazy:

since she is school age, you need to write a letter to the special education department requesting a full psychological evaluation done.

if you want to go through your insurance, get a neuro eval done.

or you can pay for a psych eval as well.

you do NOT need referrals, unless your insurance requires them


peanutsmommy1
by Ruby Member on Jan. 26, 2017 at 7:18 PM
I'm not disagreeing, just educating the OP

Quoting BatPooCrazy:

which is why she should start with the district...

the district cannot by law say no to an eval.  if the district finds her DD to not be on the spectrum, she can then go privately and the re-request another eval, with the dr.s evals included

Quoting peanutsmommy1: This is where things get tricky. A medical diagnosis of autism is not going to qualify a child automatically for school services.



Quoting BatPooCrazy:

since she is school age, you need to write a letter to the special education department requesting a full psychological evaluation done.

if you want to go through your insurance, get a neuro eval done.

or you can pay for a psych eval as well.

you do NOT need referrals, unless your insurance requires them

BatPooCrazy
by <--That I Am on Jan. 26, 2017 at 7:19 PM

gotcha

Quoting peanutsmommy1: I'm not disagreeing, just educating the OP
Quoting BatPooCrazy:

which is why she should start with the district...

the district cannot by law say no to an eval.  if the district finds her DD to not be on the spectrum, she can then go privately and the re-request another eval, with the dr.s evals included

Quoting peanutsmommy1: This is where things get tricky. A medical diagnosis of autism is not going to qualify a child automatically for school services.
Quoting BatPooCrazy:

since she is school age, you need to write a letter to the special education department requesting a full psychological evaluation done.

if you want to go through your insurance, get a neuro eval done.

or you can pay for a psych eval as well.

you do NOT need referrals, unless your insurance requires them



Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jan. 26, 2017 at 7:52 PM
There were complications during her birth and she was born not breathing. She was in a little oxygen helmet for the first several hours. Autism due to the oxygen not getting to her brain was mentioned as a possibility by her pediatrician, but she hit all her developmental stages so I didn't think much of it. It is on her records and I do mention it anytime I just watched for learning problems. She is 6 and can do her older sister's 3rd grade work so that is not an issue.

I have 2 friends with autistic children about her age, we were with one of them and her child when he had a fit about his clothes. She said that if something doesn't feel right it can set him off. My dd does this. I thought this was just a weird behavior of hers. If something doesn't feel right to her she will have a meltdown despite me not being able to see anything wrong with her clothes.

She also has anger issues that seem to come out of no where. The counselor, psychiatrist, and I talked about that and she was determined to have anxiety issues and they wanted to work with the teachers on it, but the teachers would not do it. I found out later that when dd would get mad, one of her teachers would yell at her which made everything worse. She does not act this way with me. I talked to my friend who said the same about her son because he is more comfortable.

She wets herself. She knows she has to go and will not. I never mentioned that to the Dr though. It only seems to happen at school and I had the nurse verbally attack me in the hall for being a bad mom and not bathing her. One of the aids started following her around and caught her doing it.

I have spent a lot of time watching her over this past year, since the school started telling me about the problems, and they all seem to be situational. If she is uncomfortable in a situation for whatever reason, she gets very agitated and may have a meltdown.



Quoting MrsTMN12: I got a referral for a neuropsychological evaluation from early intervention but you can ask any and all the ones you listed and they can do an initial questionnaire and go from there. My son was diagnosed at 15months. Can I ask what concerns you?
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