My name is Trish and I am 34 yrs old,I live in Kentucky with my fiance and our 2 year old son. My son was just diagnosed with autism last week. He has been in the first steps early intervention program since June and has a developmental interventionist and Occupational therapist that see him weekly. We weren't very suprised by his diagnosis cause his pediatrician and therapists had pretty much already told us he was in the spectrum. He has sensory issues and we just started the brushing technique and next week are going to start joint compressions. The develomental pediatrician that diagnosed him said we are pretty much wasting our time with "sensory therapy". She told us he has autism and thats that. She said the vest and weighted blanket his OT is going to order is a waste of time. She wanted to go ahead and put him on medications and I told her no. I think 2 yrs old is too young to be medicated. The doctor made the comment to me that we are the ones that have to live with him. Well shes right about that and we have been managing without making him into a zombie and thats what I was afraid she wanted to do to him. When he gets older then maybe we will discuss medication for him. They also ordered some lab work to do some genetic testing on him. Is this normal after a child is diagnosed? I am really looking forward to learning from this group on whats the best route for my family. We are just starting out on our long road ahead but we are hopeful he will accomplish alot in his lifetime with the right approach and therapy.