I need some help.
I have just come back from getting DS's private psych testing evaluation (beside the point but he is now classed as having autism disorder not PDD-NOS). Anyway I have been telling her about my concerns about DD#3.
She is three in june and is 10 months behind in her speech (according to child health). She is also showing sings of behaviour/social issues - I have no control over her when we go out, she will run - often onto roads
. She is also showing signs of not understanding things and is starting to show signs of sensory issues. Yet she seems to have great eye contact and is quite social.
The psych told me that if it was her child she would be worried and that having one child with ASD is also a huge factor as well.
I am wondering if ASD is different in girls than in boys?
DD is on the public list for speech therapy, they did not sense she needed any OT as her motor skills are fine (well so are DS's really!!). I also have her booked in with DS at the next develop pead appointment in around six months time.
I just have this horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach that DD will be on the spectrum and I am not looking foward to the fight over diagnosis and funding.
It had taken over four years to get DS his diagnosis - and even then he was only diagnosed with PDD-NOS from the develop pead. I had to fight for every little bit of diagnosis, therapy and help he had.
I just don't know what to do, if she will be easier to diagnose as DS is ASD? I could try and get a development report through the private psych which would help greatly in the diagnosis but that is just under $1000, which I do not have and have no idea where I would get that sort of money from.
Just wonder what other parents out there would do in my situation?