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March 27th, 2008, 05:07 PM
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...or did a dr. or teacher suggest that your child was possibly on the spectrum? I've begun suspecting that my ds may have Asperger's or high functioning autism, but am not sure how exactly to bring it up with my dr. Do I just say that I suspect it and want him evaluated? How does a dr. normally react? Do they refer to a specialist, or do an eval themselves, or what? I don't like my current dr. so I need to find a new one (interviewing one tomorrow), and I feel weird about switching and then immediately jumping in with this. Silly, I know, but I'd just like to hear experiences, if you don't mind...

ETA: I'm going to be discussing my suspicions with his preschool teacher tomorrow. He's had the same teacher for 2 years, so she knows him quite well. I feel like it'll be helpful to tell the dr. that his teacher also deems an evaluation to be necessary; and although I haven't spoken to her yet, I have a feeling she will...
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March 27th, 2008, 06:47 PM
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Gus' doctor(s) were the first to bring up the possibility, but after they did, I had to ask myself how I missed it, everyhting made so much sense!
I think in your place I would make a list of the reasons you suspect, and bring it up to the new doctor, telling him/her that you have noticed this and that, and are concerned because they seem to be things that indicate autism, and ask what he/she thinks.
You can also ask for the number for early intervention services in your area, and have him evaluated for free, you shouldn't need a referral, and they will tell you if they think you should seek an evaluation from a doctor.
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March 27th, 2008, 07:07 PM
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We asked our doctor to have him tested and he said he didn't think it was necessary. But we insisted and so we were referred to a specialist and now he's doing much better since he's been receiving treatment.

I say go ahead and ask the new doctor. Feel free to tell him/her that you didn't feel comfortable with your other doctor and so before discussing such a personal thing you wanted to find a doctor you could trust.
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March 27th, 2008, 07:16 PM
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You can also ask for the number for early intervention services in your area, and have him evaluated for free, you shouldn't need a referral, and they will tell you if they think you should seek an evaluation from a doctor.[/b]
Where would I get this info? Do I just call the public school district?
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March 27th, 2008, 07:39 PM
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Maybe it differs by state, but here Early Intervention only deals with children under age 3. We were directed to our school district's Special Education Department for an evaluation. Our pedi originally referred us to a specialist, but they don't take health insurance and the wait list was 4 months long!
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Maybe it differs by state, but here Early Intervention only deals with children under age 3. We were directed to our school district's Special Education Department for an evaluation. Our pedi originally referred us to a specialist, but they don't take health insurance and the wait list was 4 months long![/b]
Oooh, yeah I totally missed that you were talking about your 4 year old Jess, yes Cori is right, that would be the school district you would ask. That's who we were transferred to after he aged out of Early intervention. They did their own assessment and placed him in their special needs preschool annexed to the elementary school. In September he may go into Head Start if he is ready.
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March 27th, 2008, 11:40 PM
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Thanks, ladies, I'll call the school district as well...
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