Our youngest child, Anna, was determined as being on the autism spectrum at the age of 6. As she progressed through toddlerhood, we begin to realize that she was having challenges that our first three children had not experienced. We have always accepted that each of our kids are unique from one another, so we didn’t necessarily rush out to get a diagnosis right away. She was hitting all of her language and most developmental milestones, but after a while her social skills could not simply be dismissed as shyness.
My husband and I were very lucky to have a family physician that listened to our concerns and referred us to a child psychologist that specialized in autism. She was supportive in our decision to homeschool, and referred us to an occupational therapist that helped us develop a program that we could also implement at home.
If you have concerns, and you do not have a doctor that is listening and helping, do not be afraid to find one that does. You know your child better than anyone else, and it is important that your opinions are considered valid. Every child is different, and it is important for all caretakers to take this into consideration when making a diagnosis.
“If you’ve seen one person with Asperger Syndrome you’ve seen one person with Asperger Syndrome” – Dr. Stephen Shore