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HI all,<br>
So my son went to the Kennedy Krieger Institute and we got some pretty encouraging news. He was 3.1 years old day of testing.<br><br>
My dear spouse was really impressed(an emergency precluded me from going!!!), and the doctor said she didn't believe him to be presenting signs of autism. That was wonderful news, of course, but can you guys help me crunch these numbers?<br><br>
He got a GARS score of 80 (which the write-up labeled as "possible" autism range) - this was based on the questions my spouse answered. His CARS score was 16 which said fell in the "non-autistic" range.<br><br>
How reliable do you think testing is at this age?<br>
KKI is supposed to be one of the best, isn't it?<br>
Can anyone tell me about their experiences of a faulty Dx at a youngish age or about GARS or CARS scores?<br><br>
I have hesitated posting this - for some reason, I felt strange sharing this news. I hope that makes some sense to you guys. And since I have some lingering concerns, I hope I don't seem like I am overreacting, chasing something that may or may not be the case, or not grateful already for my son. And, of course, I don't want to put stock in some numbers that say one thing - they are just numbers, after all.<br><br>
Thank you all, again, so very much!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How reliable do you think testing is at this age? <b>If the person knows what he or she is doing (and at KKI they certainly should) extremely reliable. Even among less experienced at 3 years they should be able to be sure.</b><br>
KKI is supposed to be one of the best, isn't it? <b>Yes it is.</b><br>
Can anyone tell me about their experiences of a faulty Dx at a youngish age or about GARS or CARS scores? <b>We had a faulty dx. of no autism at two years old. I didn't get GARS or CARS. But it was clear in the appointment (evaluator said--"look he gave me high five, he can't have autism" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> ) and in the write up following which was full of errors such as "parents report no stimming behaviors" that it wasn't a good evaluation. He had another evaluation about 4 months later and we were told he was on the spectrum. He had another at 2.5 and got an official dx.</b><br><br>
I have hesitated posting this - for some reason, I felt strange sharing this news. I hope that makes some sense to you guys. <b><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> it does make sense to me.</b> And since I have some lingering concerns, I hope I don't seem like I am overreacting, chasing something that may or may not be the case, or not grateful already for my son. <b>If you have concerns can you talk directly to the person who evaluated him. Perhaps she can address them and tell you why she didn't see autism. I found conversation with both the second evaluators really helpful--both showed me exactly why they believed my son was on the spectrum. That was important given our previous "no autism" diagnosis and the confusion that caused. You paid for an assessment and you should have your questions firmly settled through that process at his age. Another thing to think about is attention deficit or OCD or other conditions...maybe something else is causing the things that look like autism.</b> And, of course, I don't want to put stock in some numbers that say one thing - they are just numbers, after all.<br><br>
Thank you all, again, so very much!</div>
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