So today I went to the school to get my son’s official diagnosis. I guess that is what you would call it. I think of a “diagnosis” as being something associated with a disease. Is autism considered a disease or disorder? I’m really not sure. At any rate several weeks ago I authorized the school to perform a battery of tests for my E to determine if he is autistic or not.
I didn’t have any questions when I was in the meeting. But I knew I would have questions afterward and that’s to be expected. Surprisingly I was only on the verge of a tear falling one time. It’s not that I’m sad about my son’s speech issue anymore or his “diagnosis.” Overall, I’m just a really sensitive person and I have a lot of things on my plate right now. Honey, I get teary eyed more often than I’d like to admit. But I digress.
I decided to do this post for anyone who cares. As it was explained to me, there is a spectrum of autism. If you think of it like 3 buckets, there’s Autism, Asperger syndrome and (click there~>) PDD-NOS. So E falls into the 3rdbucket. PDD-NOS stands for pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. Yeah that's what I said. Basically my son has a developmental disorder but it's NOT really autism. They use PDD-NOS as a catch all for developmental delays and may even refer to the child as being "slightly" autistic. Yeah that's clear as mud right?
So if you have any information that you want to share with me, I'm all ears or eyes. I was told to start researching autism and join some parent support groups. The school will provide me with information about meetings and groups that would be of interest to me once the school year starts again.