: It is so hard when even figuring out what help your child needs is hard.
Here are a couple of thoughts:
- Is there any local to you organization or yahoo group for parents with special needs kids? Someone there may be able to give you information on who might be covered by your insurance? I might start by googling special needs kids and your closest city.
- Is paying out of pocket an option? In our area, sadly, some of the best people don't take insurance.
- Have you had an official evaluation done by the school? They have to do one at your request. My only caveat would be that their interests and your interests are not aligned. At least in California (is this true everywhere?) they also won't give a medical diagnosis of autism (based on the DSM criteria). They may find him eligible under autism for special ed services, but one can also have an autism spectrum disorder and not qualify for an IEP (that is the case with my son).
I hope others will jump in with more thoughts.
Oh...and what services would you need if he does have AS? Some possibilities: occupational therapy to address sensory and motor delays; social skills groups to work on play and pragmatic skills; speech therapy to work on pragmatic language skills. What do you see as his deficits?
We started with OT and a social skills group and RDI, which is a relationship based, parent-led intervention. I might also google floortime for some easy ideas of things you can do at home right now.