I haven't been on this board in a while. Last time I visited was a few months ago when my son K who is now 2 yrs 3 mos was initially diagnosed by his pediatrician with PDD-NOS.
We are having a more thorough evaluation/assessment done on Thursday at a special needs center in our new home city. We live abroad and here this is not covered by insurance nor are there public programs like in Canada or the US. This evaluation is very expensive and I really want it to go well- I just want them to be able to find out what they need to in order to help my son in the ways that he needs. There will be a speech therapist, occupational therapist and a psychologist present and I was told the evaluation will be for an hour and a half.
I am so extremely nervous- nervous that my son won't do what he needs to (whatever that is) for them to see what his problems are- the only appointment I could get this soon runs into his nap time and this could be disastrous. I'm also nervous that they'll tell me he is fine (I've been listening to relatives who see my son once a year or less tell me this and it's extremely frustrating) or that they can't do anything for him. I don't know how they will see him display his typical and obvious ASD behaviours...a lot of them he does only at home or in certain situations and environments (repetitive/odd play and reciting scripts for hours etc). He doesn't interact with other people unless he really knows them so I'm just afraid he'll totally ignore the specialists.
I have absolutely no idea what to expect. Will they try to talk to him? Play with him? Get him to do tasks like puzzles or something? Just watch him interact with me? Will they ask me questions? Will I be in the same room?
Generally what happens in these things???