I suppose that I shouldn't say my son's school disagrees with his diagnoses - it's the school counselor. She based the results after having my son's teacher fill out a questionnaire.
A little back story: My son has a family history of autism. When he began to show some tendencies, I initially tried to tell myself that he was just going through a phase. The thought of him going through a possible lifetime of challenges freaked me out. When I finally came to terms with it I asked his pediatrician about it. She referred us to a psychologist, who diagnosed him after a few months of testing and observation. I was in disbelief over it, so I had a second and third opinion - including one from a neuropsychologist. They all said the same thing. (The only reason I mention this is to show that he didn't simply have a label slapped on him to explain away his challenging behaviors.)
Anyhow, when my son began public school, I had given them a copy of his full psychological profile. The school had their psychologist test him and I agreed to allow them to do so. The psychologist came to the conclusion that he did not have any degree of autism. (However, his teacher and EA felt that he did.) Confused, I showed the school's results to my son's behavioral psychologist and she disagreed with the school's findings.
This school year, at his teacher's urging, she wanted the school to test him again. She feels that his behaviors are consistent with other students that she's had with autism spectrum disorders. The same school psychologist tested him again and maintained her decision that he does not have any sort of autistic spectrum disorder.
I don't really care if the school shrink believes he has PDD-NOS or not. I just want him to be eligible for some of the services that the school would otherwise provide. He does currently have an IEP, so he does receive some help. He is also allowed breaks because he becomes overwhelmed. (We are also extremely blessed that he has an AMAZING teacher.) I have provided the school with all of his findings from his therapists, psychologists, doctors, etc. His EA and teacher disagree with the school psychologist. I've spoken to her about it, and she stated that she feels that autism is over diagnosed. She can't offer me any explanation as to why he has so many autistic traits, however.
Has anyone else had this issue? I'm kind of at a loss as to how I should proceed.