Forum: Learning Disabilities and Special Education
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I am new to this board but not to JM, I have been a member of the site since I became pregnant with my only son Christian and was a member of the Oct 09 preg and play room. Last week on Tuesday my son was officially diagnosed as autistic at 22 months old. His father and I have suspected for a long time that this was the case, since before he turned one. Now that we know this is the case were beginning the journey of getting him the help he needs. I know that it will be very helpful to talk to moms who've already started the process to help guide us through.
Hi Vi, I'm Linda, also new to this board but not JM. I have a 6.5 year old with high functioning autism who was diagnosed at 3.5 years old. My biggest advice as you get ready to enter the school system in this next year, would to be find an advocate or another parent in your area to help you in IEP meeting until you feel comfortable enough to go on your own. Also if you haven't get your son into birth to 3 (also called early steps, and other names, call your local school to get the number).
Hi! My name is Jerusha and my son Aiden is almost six and is in grade one. He is in the process of being diagnosed with high functioning autism. I agree with Linda about the IEP, it is a great resource to have. I also tell people that they should be in constant contact with the teachers and principals of the school so that they can get the best support for their child. Since your son is only 22 months old, he may also be able to get into special centers in your area for autistic children. These centres typically only cater to children who are not in elementary school yet. Hopefully you will be able to get some resources and support that will help you!