Ds is 7, in 2nd grade. He has SPD and is very intelligent. He has difficulties with attention and impulsivity, and he comes out high on an ADHD checklist, although I'm not sure that's the all that's going on. We've questioned gifted + SPD and/or ADHD, or PDD-NOS. We have signed paperwork for a school evaluation, although they will likely not find anything to verify him for services without an outside diagnosis.
I was planning to take him to a developmental pediatrician, but I'm not very impressed with the peds in town, the checklist diagnostic method (not sure whether they go deeper than a checklist), nor the fact that they all seem to be extremely pharmaceutical-based and I'm not ready to go there at this point. I found a psychologist who specializes in ASD/ADHD/gifted (who can also start the process sooner than the dev'l ped can). Will it just be redundant to go with a psych to help with a diagnosis? Should I do school, outside psych, and ped?