My son had an evaluation with a developmental pediatrician earlier today. He said that he's 99% sure he's on the spectrum and would place him under Asperger's. We're following up later this month and will solidify the diagnosis, but he said he was pretty convinced that was what we are dealing with, but wanted to have a sit down with us and talk about it. He gave me the info for group that does ABA and social skills classes for kids on the spectrum. He also said that he wants to do an IQ test later on to see if DS is gifted (something we've suspected anyway)
I am not surprised, but am overwhelmed a bit. If that makes any sense. I've suspected AS for quite a while, though I thought we would not be able to get that particular diagnosis at this age. I guess he said looking at our list of concerns was like looking at a description of Asperger's so he felt pretty sure that was the right part of the spectrum for him.
Does anyone have any advice on books/ websites about Asperger's/ ASD in general that may be helpful to me?
Also, any advice on telling everyone? With his SPD diagnosis, we were able to slowly let it out as needed/ as we saw people and it felt right. Since then, we have moved across the country. I in no way want to hide that DS has Asperger's, but don't really know the best way to tell people. I've only told my mom and two friends who knew I had the appointment so far. My mom reacted better than I ever thought. When we got the SPD diagnosis, my folks were kind of odd about it, thought SPD was fake, we were wasting money on therapy- with this she was great. She said she "could see that" and that she watched a TV show about Asperger's recently and "Even one of the Miss America's has Asperger's". I am guessing most of our family and friends will be supportive. But calling everyone sounds overwhelming. Making it a facebook status seems way off. Though I regularly post about SPD and post articles about it etc, trying to help my family understand DS better... I don't know. I am going back to our home state with the kids for ten days tomorrow, so I could try and tell a lot of people face to face.
Anyway, thank you for reading this and for any advice you may have.