Thursday, December 22, 2011

My unsolicited advice

My biggest piece of advice for an evaluation is to get over it. I know that sounds harsh but your child is the same one as yesterday and with or without a dx they are still your lovely baby. The dx is just a tool and I actually was very relieved after we got it because the huge question mark was gone. It is horrible not knowing what is wrong with your child.

        I can remember after they told us that he had High Fuctioning Autism and Sensory processing disorder the therapists and doctors were all looking at me like they were waiting for me to cry or break down and all I could feel was this inappropriate laughter bubbling up. I think it was releif that we had an answer. I can remember my Mom kept telling me " I just need something I can google!" Labels do have thier uses, so don't be afraid of them. Think of it as a tool to help your child learn and grow. I can not STRESS enough how benificial early intervention is, even if your child just has mild developmental delays. My son started getting therapy at 19 months old before anyone even said the word autism. He was diagnosed at 27 month as severe to moderate and is now 4 1/2 and his teachers are telling me that he is more on the mild end of the spectrum. I could take all of the credit for his progress, but I put it ALL on how early we got him help.

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