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Got ds's list of appts for the eval...couple questions...


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April 19th, 2008, 08:11 PM
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So, apparently, he'll have a medical evaluation, an "initial interview," and a psychological evaluation in that order. Each one is expected to last 1-2 hours.

So, what can I expect at each appt? I'm not even sure why they're doing a medical eval. What does that entail?
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April 19th, 2008, 08:41 PM
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Our experience was the initial interview first. They just mostly talk to you and DH about your child's behaviors, why you suspect autism, etc. Then we had our psychological interview. There they brought Cameron to a smallish room with toys and watched how he interacted with them and us. They saw what happened when they took a toy away or if they tried to "change the subject" without warning. They tried to talk to him and they basically just evaluated his behaviors. After that they took him to an exam room and just checked his heart and ears and eyes. They looked for signs of violence (sometimes children who are in a violent home can show the same signs as autistic children) and they just do a quick check up to rule out other possibilities. it really only took like 3 min.
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April 19th, 2008, 09:56 PM
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Angus didn't have a separate interview, medical & psych evaluation, the specialist we saw in Bremerton put out a box of toys and just left him alone while she and I talked about him (he ignored the toys and instead followed a border line in the carpet, played with the latch of and opened and closed a cupboard door for a while then busied himself with lining up all the toys that had wheels as if they were parked side by side against the wall) and went over a lot of questionnaire-type questions with me, and she looked him over physically before she began her evaluation of his behaviour. She had me leave the room at one point as well. The whole thing took a couple of hours.

When he was evaluated by the Toddler Learning Centre (TLC - Early Intervention) someone came to our home and observed him in his own environment, and did a hearing test with a portable sound kit. The he took a bunch of motor skills, cognitive and behaviour tests with at therapist at TLC, for which he was scored - I think it was the Bayley Scales - and that determined that he did have significant delays and did qualiify for their program. The tests were almost like games - using toys and dolls, shapes, sorting things, sound making things, matching - I think he had fun.

I'm sure everyone's experience will be a little different.
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April 19th, 2008, 09:58 PM
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Hmmm...we did an interview over the phone and printed out and submitted the PDD assessment test that Crissy posted, and the dr. reviewed all the info and decided that a full eval was warranted based on the phone conversation and the PDD assessment. Do you think we'll have to do all that over again, or could the initial interview be something that involves Zack, because I know that he has to be there?
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April 20th, 2008, 08:28 AM
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For our initial interview we also had to send in some documentation for (a questionnaire they had us fill out). But we still had todo the full hour interview. Cameron had to be there and they did try to talk to him, but for the most part it was done with the parents in our case.
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April 21st, 2008, 11:33 AM
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For ds' medical evaluation we were asked to just bring him to our pedi for a physical and have the pedi give us a report to bring to his initial interview (next week!!)
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