Autism question?

If you get told by a school psychologist that your child is autistic but they say it's an educational disability and not a formal diagnosis if I were to take my child to a doctor that can diagnose him would he be diagnosed with it? What is the probability that he is autistic? I'm under the impression that autism is autism so if your child gets scored or tested for it and you're told they have it as an educational disability then it should be formally diagnosed.

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  • 6 months ago

    no children do NOT need necessarily to be formally diagnosed for early intervention.....early intervention services are based on the presentation of the disability, not the actual medical diagnosis..

    only if a medical diagnosis would make the child eligible for more services would a medical diagnosis be needed.

    it is usually better for school, but if the school will provide services based on their own eval, a medical diagnosis won't make a difference...at that level.

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  • 6 months ago

    There's a wide range on the autism scale. Schools can only test for the need for educational accommodations- they are not medical services, and their diagnosis does not serve to qualify your child for other forms of treatment and aid. You should definitely get your child assessed by a doctor.

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  • 6 months ago

    Children should be formally diagnosed, especially for early intervention and to obtain the educational services they’re entitled to. Testing may conclude they fall within the spectrum of autism, with traits that are noted as NOS, meaning autism with traits “not otherwise specified”. They could have mannerisms that may mimic the disorder, yet it’s not yet a clear conclusion, often based on age and stage of development.

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  • 6 months ago

    Definitely worth getting your child assessed. Reason is that there are a number of conditions that create autistic like behaviour. For example attachment disorder can seem to be autism but is actually an entirely different condition. That is why the school psychologist is not giving you a formal diagnosis.

    Also you can get advice on how to give your child support if he is diagnosed as being on the spectrum. Many autistic children develop anxiety because they are bullied.

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    6 months ago

    There isnt actually a formal test that returnns a negative/positive result for autism. All you can get is an assessment that, based on observation of behaviour, your child is on the autism spectrum.

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