Getting The Diagnosis

The Diagnosis

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getting the diagnosis

The moment of truth! I had mixed feelings about receiving John’s diagnosis Although I had my suspicions as to what the outcome would be, I still had a constant denial inside that there was anything wrong with him.

John’s diagnosis came after consultation with a Paediatrician, referred by the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in his school. Referred because of his increasing strange gestures and erratic emotional outbursts. Full medical and family histories were taken by the Paediatrician. Of course, one of her questions was if there was a history of Autism in our family. Sadly, there is – a nephew who, earlier, was also diagnosed with severe Autism. She noted this and conducted a series of cognitive tests on my son.

The result was a “normal to above average” IQ (Intelligence Quotient); and normal hearing.

She then referred him to a Speech and Language Therapist and a Play Therapist. This was due to his not responding to speech and not engaging play. He simply stared at the object concerned and did not hold an eye to eye contact with the Therapist, who is trying to engage him.

Both findings were indicative of Autism.

Although the relief to finally have a diagnosis was great, the impact of this diagnosis was quite devastating. I told myself that this could not be happening! Not us! Not my beautiful son.

I wanted to deny the fact that at the tender age of 5, my boy was diagnosed with ASD.

Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a term used to describe a number of symptoms and behaviours which affect the way in which a group of people understand and react to the world around them. It is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects the person’s ability to communicate, socially interact and behave with other people.

A recent research study has found that brain scans may soon diagnose boys early with autism. The Brain Institute at UT Southwestern Medical Center recently had a study that measuring a set of proteins in the blood may enable earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

For those who know or fear the pain of such a diagnosis, I have included a video below. I invite you to watch this heart-warming film, not only because it highlights the impact an autistic child has in the family and/or community, but because it perfectly shows the lifelong journey of struggles, hardships and triumphs along the way.  I think you will find it encouraging and well worth viewing.

I sincerely hope these insights have helped in some way, and welcome your questions should there be any.

Adel 🙂

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10 thoughts on “Getting The Diagnosis

  1. Hi Adel

    Getting the diagnosis is a painful moment for parents and relatives.

    This scan technology is really interesting for the differential diagnostic. (I have read the article, thanks for the link.) It will reduce the number of false diagnostics.

    Best Regards

    1. I agree with you that getting the diagnosis is a painful moment for parents and relatives but on the other hand, it will be a big relief for the parents. The child will be able to get all the help that he needs and at the same time, it will lessen the burdens/struggles on the part of the parents. Thank you, Jean, for finding the brain scan link useful for differential diagnosis.

  2. Hello Adel, we are wondering if one of our grandchildren is autistic. He is going in for testing. I will be sure to refer them to your website, if needed. Thanks for the comforting things you have brought to this community.

    Lynne

    1. Thank you for reaching out, Lynne. I am hoping that everything will go well with your grandchild’s assessment. If you need further information regarding your grandchild’s assessment you can e-mail me or send me a message on the contact box provided at the bottom of this page. All the best to you and your grandchild. 🙂

  3. Adel,

    I heard that there are different types of autism? Is this true and can you explain a couple of the differences?

    Also did you have any idea about what autism was, before you received the news that your son had it? How did you cope with finding out that he was autistic at first?

    1. There are four different types of autism namely, Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Childhood Disintegrative Disorder but they are all categorised into one specific diagnosis called Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Among the four types, Asperger syndrome is the high functioning form of autism for they are of normal to above average cognitive development but has marked clumsiness. They can talk intelligently and can excel in anything that interests them. I know that my son has autistic tendencies because he manifested early warning signs when he was 3 yrs. old. His odd behaviours and severe emotional outburst to the extent of hurting himself are already indicative of the typical signs of autism. It’s hard to know the fact that my son has autism but I already have conditioned my mind and has pre-accepted his diagnosis. My concern was more of finding the ways to help him improve rather than the diagnosis itself. Thank you for visiting.

  4. great helpful site. I don’t know a lot about autism but it seems to be coming more and more common in kids I sometimes wonder why it is growing in the amount of kids or is it? maybe it just seems because I am hearing more about it now as there hasn’t been much information about it and now more is being done to help. I think your site is very personal heartwarming and helpful. I like that you have early signs I learned a lot reading your site.

    1. Hi, Curtis. I want to thank you for dropping by and for taking the time to read my page on early signs. There are certain factors that are currently on research right now but have not been given approval yet. Environmental, processed food and food additives, genetic health-related conditions and genetic predisposition are some of the factors that are currently under research. I hope that these had helped you gain a better understanding of the causative factors of Autism. There are lots of things being done right now to raise “autism awareness” to the public. This is also my advocacy and the reason why I created this site.

  5. Hi Adel! This is an awesome blog about an aspect of life that most of the people don’t understand and don’t know how to deal with. My girlfriend is an educator and works with autistic guys, some of them seem to have nothing to say, but actually their thoughts are similar to those of anyone, we just have to find the way to let them out properly.

    1. Thank you, Matteo for dropping by. Autism indeed is a complex spectrum. Some of them are verbal but has problems with social interaction and processing communication while some has

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