My son was referred to the autism clinic at the children's hospital. He's 7 years old and most of the discussions I see here seem to be about much younger children in regards to getting the initial diagnosis. I'm hoping someone could give me an idea of what to expect. Like what kinds of testing they will be doing and who all he'll see? If he's on the spectrum, it would be on the much higher functioning end. We were originally referred to psychiatry to discuss anxiety meds, but they think it would be useful to see if there's an underlying issue along with the anxiety before we go any further.
So, like I said, he's 7 and his main quirks are toe-walking (90% of the time probably, he'll be starting PT next week), tics (right now it's incessant throat-clearing but it changes), some obsessive behaviors (asking a million questions about one topic before moving on and concerning things like worrying about his weight and feeling a need to diet), an atypical stutter and a speech delay, not developing social skills he should have by now, despite us modeling these behaviors and plainly laying out what is expected of him (manners, etc), he prefers the company of adults and normal kid antics annoy him terribly, he doesn't like to be touched even lightly unless it's on his terms (he'll hug us, but if I pat his shoulder to tell him "good job" he acts like I hit him), he's very bright and working a grade or two ahead in reading and math, although writing is a struggle because he has difficulty organizing his thoughts. And of course there's the anxiety.
I have pretty bad anxiety as well (social and general), and have my whole life. I probably would have been diagnosed on the spectrum as a child but my mom wouldn't let them "label" me. I'm sure I have SPD as well (I also can't stand being touched, among other things). His dad is also socially awkward and has OCD and tics.
Oh and he's been homeschooled thus far. We've had problems with that and had to ditch his last therapist because she kept blaming everything on homeschooling. I don't buy it because his dad and I were both public schooled the whole way and it didn't help us any, as far as I can tell. Also, he's been high-strung and very needy since day one, so no one can tell me it's because I neglected to put him in daycare at 6 weeks! LOL Which reminds me, he's also been treated for a feeding disorder as well (which began in infancy). He seemed to be past that as of about 6 months ago, then the worry about his weight cropped up (he's average height and weight, btw).
Edited by bandgeek - 4/28/12 at 10:35am