My 8-year-old son has had a lot of quirks and other things that have bothered me for many years, especially his food issues (serious selective eating). I have long suspected him of having Aspergers but have never sought out a doctor's diagnosis or anything. This fall things have gotten really more problematic. His tantrums and inability to deal with changes and social situations have become worse. He has had more voilent outbursts at home, which has been stressful to say the least. I can't tell you how many times I have been driven to tears this past six months or so. He really just wants to sit alone and watch TV, or maybe play video games. School has not been a problem. He seems to cope well as long as he has a structured schedule. Summer vacations have been really hard. Things are better when he is in school. His grades are wonderful. He doesn't really have a lot of friends, and he seems to be really gullible, easily taken advantage of, and unable to read other people or understand jokes or sarcasm. I have spoken to the school psychologist and the social worker and I filled out a questionnaire, which shows that he is on the Autism spectrum. It's not a diagnostic tool, but they will be able to meet with him regularly and do some sorts of practice with social skills, as well as coping and calming skills. They have also given me some good advice about things to do at home. The psych says that taking him to the doctor to be diagnosed would not be beneficial to him at this point. I am not sure if I should or not. Part of me just wants a diagnosis. But does it really matter? Will it matter more in the future?