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Meeting with Occupational Therapist-What to expect

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disorganisedmummy Tue 10-Sep-13 14:59:32

Hi,I have posted before about my 7 year old ds and his difficulties.
Long story short at the end of last term (Yr2) he was dx by an ed psych as having social communication disorder,fine/gross motor skill diff and poor spatial awarness.Although she didn't say it she hinted at dyspraxia.Both myself and school suspect Aseprgers.

Anyhoo,we have got a consultaion with OT on friday.I'm really not good at cutting to the chase (can you tell!) and am struggling to work out what info is pertinent.We have also got appoint with clinicsal director of Paediatrics next tues and I need to persuade her that we want him assessed for ASpergers.Can anyone who has been through the process give me any pointers and hand hold?We've been here before 3 years ago when ds started reception and were told by same place that there was nothing wrong.
3 seperate teachers,all very experienced have raised that same issues hence the ep report.

Thanks for reading.

chloeb2002 Tue 10-Sep-13 16:53:34

Hi, I can't comment on how diagnosis for asd is done in the uk as we are in aus. Although the criteria are an internationally agreed set of symptoms. Dsmv. So you son has to tick each box in more than one environment to be diagnosed with asd. Separate diagnosis of aspergers pddnos autistic now no longer exist. All new diagnosis are asd.

chloeb2002 Tue 10-Sep-13 16:57:08

Oh and I'd assume the ot will be doing a full assessment of dc? So they can assess any delays or issues? Fine motor, gross motor, activities of daily living? This was done along with speech assessment and developmental paeds and physio for my ds. This calculated a developmental age for each area to highlight delays and manage them appropriately.

disorganisedmummy Tue 10-Sep-13 19:44:07

Hi,thanks for replying.I have no idea whether they will assess him or whether it will be just a consultation.My worry is that they will look at him and because he is so articulate and interacts so well with adults,they won't see what the issues are.It is in his EP report that as he and I quote "is so articulate it can mask his difficulties with social interaction".
I just don't want to be fobbed off again.

Tambaboy Tue 10-Sep-13 19:57:51

Hi, as chloeb2002 said Aspergers is not longer diagnosed, instead ASD is used. I could only tell the process that it was followed to dx DS (6 yo).He was referred to developmental paed by his Speech and language therapist last September (y1) after concerns from school, SALT herself and us wondering if there was something more than speech and language delay. We saw paed in October she asked about DS development, behaviour, areas of concern. Then he examined him and asked him a few questions. She suggested Dispraxia and or aspergers as possible dx. We and the school had to fill in a couple of detailed questionnaires and we saw Paed later in March she said there and then it was aspergers. I was shocked to say the least and " demanded" more tests. To make me happy she agreed to do ADOs with her colleague in May and the outcome was the same.
He has now been referred to OT and we are having a few sessions at the moment( he should have been referred at the end of reception but apparently the form got lost!!!).
I took a list of DS "odd behaviours" to the initial appointment with the paed, I honestly thought she was going to dismiss it but she kept it and found it very informative.

Tambaboy Tue 10-Sep-13 20:02:12

Sorry, forgot to say that in the OT appointment he was assessed for gross and fine motor skills and we talked about sensory issues and areas of concern, it lasted about 90 minutes.

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