Hospital Visit, Neurologist, & not Autistic Diagnosis

Today we headed over to one of our local hospitals for a visit with a Neurologist. Now let me explain before I started getting tons of worried emails about my son. It was just a routine visit to rule out a autism diagnosis as the cause for my son's speech delay.

When my son was around 2 years we started early intervention for his speech delay and he entered the "special needs" category. I haven't really blogged about it because over the course of the last 2 years he's progressed and it's the hope and belief that his identification might change. I also didn't blog about it because it's been an emotionally confusing, frustrating and draining 2 years for me.

Over the past 2 years, I've learned that the "special needs" community and system is it's own world. To be honest, I was never really sure if I could claim being a part of it. Especially since my son wasn't technically "diagnosed" with anything that includes some extra initials. That somehow my son isn't "special" enough to be part of the special needs community. Long story better saved for another time.

Anyway, so as we get ready for kindergarten we're trying to figure out categories for my son and what services he will need. Hence today's visit to the neurologist. So for the most part it was a straight forward visit.

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My son got weight, measured and his under arm temperature taken. He went through the process like a pro.

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No crying, fussing or running away from the nurse. Meanwhile I sat in a corner trying not to hyperventilate.

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Then we meet with the neurologist who ran my son through some basic tests like asking him to hop on one foot. It's hard to believe that's a scientific method but it is!

Then he chatted with my son for a bit to see how he interacts and reacts. After all that, he announces my son can't be claimed to be on the autistic spectrum. Not even high functioning, which is what I asked him just to be sure sure.

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The neurologist felt my son (so far) just had a delay and when he gets into kindergarten he'll progress. Which was encouraging to hear. It's a shame a few moments later the neurologist and I got into a mini flight over a doctor being respectful when dealing with a mother (a black mother at that) and of respecting a patient privacy. But that story needs it own blog post.

For now our first pre-kindergarten test had a good result. In about a week we're schedule to visit another doctor. This time an audiologist. I'll let you know how that goes.

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10 comments:

  1. Glad to hear all is well! Sometimes kids do things when they are ready and we as parents have to be patient. It's hard sometimes, though, I know. xox

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  2. I agree but there's nothing wrong with "helping" them along :) Thanks for your comment!

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  3. on the right path! Kindergarten here he comes :)

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  4. Yes! Kindergarten here he (we) come :) Thanks for your comment!

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  5. Glad to hear he is going to be ok. I can relate to some degree. I also have a biracial son.he is 3 almost 4 and has learning difficulties.he is mentally a year behind .i still have to go get him tested for autism because he is demonstrating autistic traits. Would love to read about your son and his progress. Thank you for posting about your son ,it is encouraging to see
    Other people whom I can relate to

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  6. Happy to here that all is well. I went through a similar thing with my son. I know it's hard, but try not to stress about it too much as boy's generally are a little "slower" than girls. And in this day and age, our lives move so fast that we start to expect too much from our kids. :)

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  7. XO - such a confusing path this parenthood thing. My youngest had a speech delay significant enough to qualify us for early intervention but also ruled out autism spectrum. We've worked hard with him over the past 2 years and he's coming along like a champ. Sending hugs of support your way and fingers are crossed it will be sorted soon. If not - as they say in Toy Story, "You've got a friend in me..."

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  8. I'm glad to hear that all is going well Hang in there Onica!

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  9. We are in the same conundrum, but just starting out with speech therapy. after asking doctors for a year our ped finally referred us and my son was tested at an 11 month delay on speech. he is right at his age for everything else and is 13 months ahead cognitively. no hearing problems. understands everything we tell him, follows directions, etc.

    the thing that i am finding frustrating is that for the most part we *already do* all the things the speech therapist is telling us. i don't mind the extra playtime with a new person for my kids but.... is it just a wait it out thing in the end? i have a feeling that if he had had intervention 6-9 months ago it would've been the right time.

    both my kids have december birthdays and i guess i will be happy that he will have to wait an extra year for kindergarten. (my daughter is now 4 and waiting is not a good thing. she is ready. but she can't attend until she is nearly 6)

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  10. Glad all is well! I'm going to email you separately.

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