Last month, my struggle to get J the obvious diagnosis of autism and sensory processing disorder were correctly diagnosed.

J has had difficulties in the last year to provide direct eye contact and has been socially aloof.

I talked to his preschool teacher and his school Occupational therapist about J receiving a evaluation from the school psychologist. His OT directly told me ” Even if J is autistic the school psychologist won’t diagnose him because we don’t have a program for him.”

His teacher said she didn’t believe J had autism…because ” He gives me eye contact and plays with others.” The hilarious thing was when she said that her Assistant teacher gave her this “Katt Williams look” that declared ” You have no idea what you are talking about.”

I continued researching all different ways for him to get evaluated. His “fill-in” pediatrician , was happy to oblige me. She ordered a referrals for J to re-visit his Geneticist(she explained there may be more than just inversion of chromosome 10 & deleted 22 syndrome. She didn’t discuss what that MORE was. The Doctor suggested referrals for Immunologist, Neuropsychologist and Cardiologist (heart murmur) and the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician .

Our visit to the Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician happened in a bright sunny room. The room had toys, books and a 2 way mirror. J and I played for a few minutes waiting for the Dr. When she arrived J was playing with a wooden doll home. He wanted me to set up the T.V. for the living room. Dr. T greeted J and I. J did not acknowledge her, even though she was a foot away from him. She spoke to J and he IGNORED her, like she was a phantom. He later, came around , when she mentioned trains. He quickly went back to playing. She was able to introduce several different toys to him without issue. He was very interested in the NEW toys.  Dr. T briefly read my favorite book “Ten Apples on Top” . She questioned “Why is the tiger happy?” J responded” He is happy because he has apples.” She probed ” why are the tiger and lion sad?” He answered ” Because they are sad.” She petitioned a few more times in a attempt to get him to say because they have less apples. However, J became annoyed and repeatedly responded ” Because they are sad!”

Her assessment was that he has high-functioning autism and sensory processing difficulties.

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