Hi all, my daughter will be 3 in April and for a while now we’ve been thinking she may be autistic. She’s unable to speak, she hardly listens to us, hates been around other children and when she is, she doesn’t socialise with them including her sibling. We’ve also noticed that she stims quite regularly and does what we call her ‘excited dance’. There’s loads of other small things that draws us towards autism, but don’t want to list them all. She’s had several hearing tests which have all come back fine too. We went to see the doctor today to talk about our concerns and he basically said he doesn’t deal with autism and gave us a number to call. So I called them this afternoon and they said there’s nothing they can do unless she’s referred to them by her school or a speech and language therapist. She’s too young for school and we’ve been on the waiting list for her to have speech therapy since October last year. Does anyone have any advice on what we can do now? Feel like we’re stuck and just want to get to the bottom off it all. Thanks.
If you were interested in finding out if your daughter is on the autism spectrum, they would need to have a formal diagnostic assessment. You may find it useful to have a look at the following link for further information about diagnosis and the benefits of getting one:http://www.autism.org.uk/about/diagnosis/children.aspx
If you are looking for a diagnosis for your daughter, it is very important that you see someone with experience of autism spectrum disorders. Details of diagnostic services can be found on our Autism Services Directory:
You may also want to look at our section that provides advice for parents, relatives and carers of people with autism.
It might also be useful to pass on information about autism to health professionals when seeking a diagnosis. The following page includes information for a range of health professionals:
You may like to have a read of the National Autism Plan for Children to see what you are likely to expect and what you can ask during the assessment . Please scroll down to the bottom of the page and go to page 3 on summary report, page 11 for full report for the Essential Components for a complete multi agency assessment:
I hope you find this useful,