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...was getting a label a good decision? What has it meant for your child's educational experience?<br><br>
I ask because the school is in the process of evaluating Ian for autism (he has Tuberous Sclerosis, is cognitively delayed, non-verbal, and has autism). Right now he's in a k-5 special ed self-contained room, and I think he's getting as much as he's going to get out of school. Enough to make it worth it, certainly.<br><br>
I'm not worried about labels just because they're labels, if that makes sense. I just don't know what this new label will mean for him, or if it's a bad idea to do it. Does getting the autism label help kids in any way? Does it give them greater access to help, or does it limit access?<br><br>
In this arena, I'm a newbie. I'm just looking for advice and exeperience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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For us it did help because it meant more services were available and his team understands him better and how his mind worked. If I didn't think it would have made a difference in his services at school then I probably wouldn't have been concerned with getting a label.
 

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Our current school told us point blank that our DS would get nothing until we had a label for him. We get that on the 17th. I will let you know if it does any good.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">For us it did help because it meant more services were available and his team understands him better and how his mind worked. If I didn't think it would have made a difference in his services at school then I probably wouldn't have been concerned with getting a label.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: Same for us. The label means therapies, understanding, and an excellent teacher with a low student to teacher ratio.<br><br>
School has been a blessing for us, big time. They are talking about trying to put him in mainstream kindergarten after another year in self contained AU pre-k, and I'm freaking out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I'm not ready for him to be mainstreamed!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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Can I also add... the lable confirmed I wasn't making things up. I wasn't going crazy, lol. For a long time I'd sit there thinking... maybe its all in my head, maybe I'm doing something to him, I must be over-reacting. The worst feeling is to second guess yourself as a mom. So part of getting him officially DX'd was my own selfish need to confirm I wasn't crazy and there was something to it. This helped me be a better mom. (Of course, that isn't necessary for everyone)
 

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Thanks. I thought I'd read that several of you lovely moms <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> had your kids in autism classrooms, and I thought "well, THEY must have had a diagnosis!" So I figured it was okay to go ahead and get one.<br><br>
I'm really encouraged to hear that it helps--I hope our big ol' school system doesn't find some way of making it NOT help.
 
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