I am re-surfacing a thread from two years ago, but now is the time to take action...before the holidays roll around.
When I am not busy on EB being a name nerd or defending "American" practices like Halloween
, you will often find me discussing various issues related to autism, early intervention in general, and the importance of trusting your gut when you have concerns about your child's development (not just for autism but for any concerns). If you click on the link in my signature, you can see why I am so passionate about this subject.
Maybe you have the 2.5 year old who isn't combining any words...or the 4 year old who is overly sensitive to sounds and textures...or the 6 year old who is coming off a horrendous first year at school because he can't relate to his peers...or the 8 year old who still isn't getting the "hang" of reading....or the bright but massively underachieving 10 year old who dreams her way through school...If you have concerns about your child
-- big ones or a series of "niggling" ones -- I am encouraging you to go ahead and get the ball rolling with the appropriate professionals BEFORE your kids break for school holidays.
Erring on the side of caution and getting things checked out when you have concerns could save you & your child a lot of pain and time in the long run.
A good place to start is with your GP or MCHN, especially if you think you might need to see a specialist who requires a referral. The parents on EB's Disabilities/Special Needs board are also a treasure trove of information when it comes to suggesting great speech therapists, OTs, developmental paeds, psychologists, and the like.
Waiting lists can be looooong for public services like speech and OT -- and waiting lists can even be lengthy to see professionals in private practice. For instance, developmental paediatricians
-- who are almost always involved in things like ASD and ADHD assessments -- have notoriously long waiting lists.
I understand that we are entering a super busy time of year for so many families, but waiting until the new year might actually delay your access to professionals by months and months. I've learned this the hard way.
Plus, for those of us with school aged kids, now is the time to get meaningful input from our kids' teachers -- while their impressions are still very fresh and while school is still in session.
Please forgive me for coming across like a lecturing mother, but this is an area that is so near & dear to my heart.
Thanks so much -- and if you think this message is important, please keep it bumped.
This post has been edited by baddmammajamma: 26/11/2012, 03:17 PM