I agree with Button- if your daughter already has the support in place and having her diagnosed will not provide her with anything extra- I would wait to get her tested. My daughter is delayed in speech,has sensory issues and feeding issues. Refuses to eat anything but a handful foods. Has problems with getting hands dirty, hates walking barefoot, etc. Currently she's in occupation therapy for feeding/sensory problems and speech therapy. My pediatrician thinks autism and wants me to see developmental pediatrician so she can get diagnosed. So I asked her if this diagnosis will benefit her in any way and she said no but 'at least we'll have a diagnosis'. I think my daughter is too young to diagnose (3) and don't want to label her incase she's misdiagnosed. I feel the same way as you and am concerned about how this diagnosis might affect her in the future. So I decided to wait since she's getting all the help she can already. I would say that in the last 6 months she has progressed a lot and I'm hoping she will catch up to her peers.
My son was diagnosed with autism, global development delay and sensory processing disorder when he was 3 and I was told by his nursery that that was late-ish (he was already in a special needs nursery at the time as he was non verbal). I've had a lot of support since his diagnosis and 2 years later he is now talking more and more and able to understand simple instructions
I'm actually a little shocked that they have said that an autism diagnosis can be easily mistaken for learning difficulties and it may turn out that a diagnosis has been incorrect? The testing here is rigorous and if there are any doubt's at all they would not diagnose! Seems very odd.
Wishing you all the best for whatever you decide x
I 2nd what AtomicPink has said and smiley faces.
Autism diagnosis in Scotland isn't giving out lightly and is done by a team of professionals. Should 1 of them raise any doubt the diagnosis won't be giving. I'm really shocked to they said it could be mistaken for a learning disability
My son was diagnosed last year when he was 4 so I can only say from our personal experience. It's a lengthy process that involves alot of different health care professionals. Alot of information is taking from alot of different resources including from yourself before a child is even assessed
Having a diagnosis for my son helped me secure him a place in the specialists school in wanted him to go to. His development has come on a great deal
Hmm I find the comments from the professionals rather odd, to be honest. While certain learning difficulties can come about with autism, they aren't so similar that they are difficult to distinguish. Autism Spectrum Disorder is primarily a social communication disorder, completely unrelated to learning difficulties. In fact, many high-functioning ASD children perform at or above age level in academic standards. From your description, I sense Sensory Processing Disorder is a good possibility given she doesn't like noises and that is very common with ASD children. The spitting can also be sensory, more than stimming. Stimming is an autistic trait, but not a diagnostic one. How is your daughter with changes in general? Changes to routine, repetitive behavior? More importantly, what is her communication like? Can she interact with children her age? Not just adults and older children as those are more accommodating, but specifically children her age. How is her pretend play? Can she create stories, use imagination? ASD children don't have to have a more challenging future. In fact, that is why I think it is so important to have it evaluated and diagnosed if it is there. The reason simply is that it is handled very differently as their way of processing is very different. Once you know that, it because a lot easier to help them make that progress so that they can flourish and really find their confidence and comfort. We all hate labels but there are real practical reasons for them to be in place. It is good that she has access to all sorts of services but you also want to be sure they are the right methods and they are targeting the right things. A child misdiagnosed with ADHD when they truly have Sensory Processing Disorder will struggle for a much longer time and runs a much greater risk of needing unnecessary medication, for example.
Wishing you all the best and if you do decide to have it looked into, just make sure you have good professionals to check it with.
Thanks again everyone, still waiting for her peadiatrion app to come through and yes we're still unsure what to do.
We went through her last peadiatrion report from 6mths ago and were shocked to realise that they mention autistic features on her diagnosis!, I think if they say it's not to early to test we will go ahead with the testing.
Now my second question, I know it's a long process but what happens when they test for autism?
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