hi i am claire my son is nearly 5 and he starts school in September. His behaviour is really bad his temper started at nursery but it has got worst. We know he has a slight health problem but we can't get the help from the doctors or anywhere else. I think he has the border line of autism but where do i get the help to find out. hope i hear soon from someone who has been or is in the same situation. claire m
The school will help with the behaviour difficulties in September so don't worry too much about leaving him in his new classroom. For autism, ask your GP for a referral to a paediatrician over the summer and discuss your concerns, or speak to the school SENCo in September and s/he will refer to various professionals via school, most likely the Educational Psychologist to start with. I would definately ask for a Speech & Language Therapist to be involved, either by GP or via school SENCo, autism can be easily confused with language difficulties in the early stages of diagnosis, and a child with language difficulties can have poor behaviour as a frustration response. If your DS continues to have serious behaviour difficulties a clinical psychologist will be best placed to help, although the school will be able to call for external behavioural support. A paediatrician can refer you to a clinical psychologist.