Ds had his ADOS this morning - child number 3, but the first ADOS I've been through with any of them.
He performed as we expected - minimally responsive, but interested and did slightly warm up.
I thought we'd end up with another 'hmm, borderline, let's wait and see' verdict, as he did at least join in with some of the activities, but the end result (given in the day, another surprise!) was scoring in the moderate range for autism.
It's the right result for ds, and I'm glad we've managed it well before he starts school - he's 3.4, and off into reception next September. He will be fine, as long as school recognise he has difficulties, even if he doesn't always present with them (currently cognitively ok, but moderate-extreme social issues, although little by way of behavioural issues (this cou,d be because he is already in an 'autism household')). Whether school will recognise this is another question, as they aren't great with dd2, but we can always hope!
Thanks, zzzzz. We're hoping that arriving with a dx might see different handling from the school - with dd2 they had very much formed the opinion she isn't on the spectrum, and so are continuing to more or less ignore her dx as it doesn't fit with what they think of her. Hopefully, if they see the dx before they see ds, they won't have already been confused by his atypical presentation (ie, doesn't fit general societal expectations of ASD) and will pay a bit more attention. That's the theory, anyway!