Where do I start?

So I'm new here, new to taking steps towards reaching out for support and seeking help. 

First of all I guess I'd better introduce myself, I'm Lydia 27, I have two children. My 9 year old son is the reason I'm here.

When marley was a baby I knew he was autistic, showing traits of autism. Mild? I don't even know what is the correct way of explaining.

When he was in year 2 I took it as far to attempt to have him assessed. I failed, didn't know what I was doing and that time in life was not good. Fast forward a few years he is now 9. I can't just carry on without support and help anymore its becoming hard because I'm doing it wrong. 

What steps do I take? What do I do?

On Monday after school I'm going to speak to his teacher, she's already told me I need to see a gp forest but I want to explain why I am to her, and get the schools support. 

My plan is to start a diary on Monday, a behavioural diary. And I will do this from now until the summer holidays end. I will also write a list of past and present traits, reasons I know he is different. I will then take this with me and see a gp?

This is as far as I've got. And joining this site. 

Help lol x

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  • Welcome. It seems to me that you have made a good start. You would probably be well-advised to see a GP ASAP in order to start the assessment process, which can take a long time, and to get your son any support he needs at school next year. Also, don't blame yourself or assume you're "doing it wrong". You obviously care a lot about your child, and that is "doing it right" as far as I am concerned. Also, there are lots of parents with autistic kids on this site who are loaded with advice, so make use of the resource if you need to.

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  • Welcome. It seems to me that you have made a good start. You would probably be well-advised to see a GP ASAP in order to start the assessment process, which can take a long time, and to get your son any support he needs at school next year. Also, don't blame yourself or assume you're "doing it wrong". You obviously care a lot about your child, and that is "doing it right" as far as I am concerned. Also, there are lots of parents with autistic kids on this site who are loaded with advice, so make use of the resource if you need to.

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