Crimson Wife Posted June 7, 2012 Share Posted June 7, 2012 I was going through our files looking for DS' baptismal certificate to sign him up for CCD through our parish. I came across the file with his speech therapy reports from when he was 2 1/2 and 3 1/4. I looked them over and in the "behavioral observation" section, I found this: "___ demonstrated infrequent eye contact when spoken to, and initially ignored requests and commands from the clinician. About 30 minutes into the evaluation, ____ began to follow some simple commands and engaged in joint attention activities with the clinician. _____ was particularly drawn to cars, puzzles, and stacking cups." and this: "_____ frequently presents with difficulty transitioning and with reduced compliance for following instructions, turn taking, making appropriate eye contact, and participating in structured activities. If his request for toy/game/object is not addressed immediately, he tends to keep repeating the name of the object without listening to the communicative partner." Under the "expressive language" section, I found this: "____ will only speak upon will and not in response to request or command." Under the "receptive language" section, I found this: "____ follows 2 step directions with cues and rewards. He does not participate in activity unless given a highly desirable incentive as a reward. He needs frequent redirection and mod-max cueing to comply and participate." Ever since youngest DD's autism diagnosis, I've been picking up on more subtle signs in DS. The fact that he sometimes needs to be reminded to keep eye contact. The fact that when he gets excited about something, he talks at people rather than with them. The spinning, which prior to DD's diagnosis I had thought was possibly an indication of ADHD. I hadn't pursued an evaluation for him because I wasn't sure that at this stage, it was enough to qualify him for a formal diagnosis of ASD rather than just what one of the books I read called the "broad autistic phenotype". Without a formal diagnosis, he wouldn't qualify for any services through our health insurance, the Regional Center, or the charter school. Now looking at these speech reports, I can see that the symptoms did manifest prior to age 3. I just didn't pick up on them and he never was evaluated by a developmental pediatrician or other clinician with expertise in diagnosing ASD. :crying: I left a message with the pediatric neurology clinic and am waiting for them to get back to me to schedule an evaluation for DS. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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