Published on 12, July, 2020
My child suspected Autism and awaiting an assessment. I am agreeing to the test because I want what's best for my child and get all appropriate help. However, concerns from my child's teacher has got me quite concerned.
The teacher is saying my child uses high pitched voice, smiles non stop, irrated by other children, flaps hands, stares into space, knows very little words and dislikes sensory play.
The information she has given me is not true. I see my child play and develop each day and none of these traits are correct.
The reason for suspected autism is because my child has poor communication, my child has 90 single words. My child also has issues with solids food.
I'm wondering does anyone know will I be listened too if they write a report such as this and I disagree. Maybe they won't write a report such as that, but I just want a fair assessment
The things the teacher reports are all autism traits, plus the lack of vocabulary. The lack of spoken words must not be taken as a lack of understanding of other words, your child may have an understanding of thousands of words, autism may simply mean your child is unable to use them in speech.
Autism is not something to be ashamed of any more than having a physical problem would be anything to be ashamed of. It is simply how your child is. No one would be diagnosed on the offchance, there are strict criteria that are applied to the diagnosis. The diagnosis should open up areas that require understanding and help. If diagnosed you will need to study the report and any recommendations carefully. And have faith in the professionals involved. Your child will still be the same person.