Well, I feel that I am coming to the end but also to the beginning of things. I made a post over a year ago about feeling that my son was possibly on the autistic spectrum.
We still don't have a clear answer yet. But I am eagerly waiting for a letter through the post to find out.
We met the consultant paediatrician yesterday. It had been about a year since we last met. And things were very positive.
She felt that my son met the criteria for an autism spectrum diagnosis, however because he had reasonably good non verbal skills she needed to discuss with the educational psychologist again about her thoughts on this area when she had met him in school. Is it possible to have good non verbal skills and still be autistic? Is it possible that he has just learnt these skills?
My son was also diagnosed by the educational psychologist as having Moderate General Learning Difficulties which is something that I'm fine with. The Dr yesterday said we could try and find out if there is a possible cause with genetics but I didn't feel it necessary to do blood tests. It wasn't going to be of any benefit to my son. He is only 5 and I didn't want to out him through any unnecessary stress or needles. I am content just knowing that my concerns over the last few years isn't because I've been dreaming it all.
I may not have all the answers yet, and I may never get all of the answers to my questions. But I'm just glad things are beginning to be recognised and that we will finally be able to get the support we need to improve the quality of my son and our family life.