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We're working on the referrals to get a diagnosis for our 5 yr old ds. I know it seems late, but just in the past 6 mos I starting putting everything together and something isn't right.<br><br>
I might be jumping ahead but our fam. dr agrees there's a problem and I'm just betting he'll fall somewhere on the spectrum. What I'm wanting to know is what do you do after the diagnosis? What changes/therapies did you all implement? What seemed to help the most? I know all our kids are different and probably need different things, but any info is helpful.<br><br>
Sorry I'm new to all this. I've been in the special needs world for 18 mos now for our youngest who has Downs, but I don't know much about ASD treatments.
 

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What I did, with each of my children (both spectrum) was determine which area of their 'symptoms' seemed to affect them the most. For my daughter it was her language delay and sensory issues - she would have meltdowns because of communication problems and her sensory-seeking behavior really caused her some injury (head banging on ceramic tile floor anyone?). So we did ST and OT first - turns out that in addition to her preschool classroom that's all she's getting. She'll likely "test out" of OT in January - sensory-wise she's able to get her needs met in constructive ways and motor-skills are fantastic now - she can do things in the fine-motor realm that my son can't do at 6.<br><br>
My son's main issue was anxiety so we did some play therapy with him for awhile. Then we added some OT for about 8 months to help him with his sensitivities...I'm proud to say that he's eating a much wider variety of food now.<br><br>
So basically, for me, it was what part of their life is most impacted and how can we help.
 

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I do think it helps to focus on what area the kiddo needs the most help. Maybe ID that and then ask here for recommendations. Because if it is in say rigidity my thoughts would be way different for a first step than if it is a sensory issues or peer interaction or anxiety, you know?<br>
As far as my son most helpful has been RDI (relationship developmental intervention). Well, second to treating his metabolic issue but that's particular to him.
 

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maybe if you tell us some of the things that you are worried about, we could be more helpful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Does she repeat doing things? Is she very social? Can she handle loud noises and such? - Caleb is still going through being evaluated, but if/when he is dxed, we are going to start OT <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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the person who evaluates and diagnoses is suposed to come up with specific reomcendations, so I'd urge you to find somebody you trust and do what theya dvise.<br><br>
in our case, imediately with diagnoiss we got a little more OT and St then he already had, added a big floortime home program, and increased our attempts to unearth any medical issues in his way. if your kid has a physical cause of his delay, or just soemhting frutrating or slowing him somehow, IMO you should strive to find out what and remove it. In our case, it was vision, allergies, gastrointestinal stuff, an unrelated psychiatric disorder, etc. glasses, meds, diet changes...<br><br>
in our case, the medical issues and the implementing of an amazingly well-fitting therapy plan have done WONDERS within the year. he's totally blossoming.
 

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Just to echo what Chrissy said--if there is evidence that there might be something medical or healthwise look into that first.<br>
I so wish we had known about Andrew's metabolic stuff at the start of all this. That alone did wonders for him developmentally. After years of doing all kinds of other things.
 
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