Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Steps to take in getting a diagnosis

Getting an ASD (Austism Spectrum Disorder) diagnosis is a somewhat confusing process for some, but it doesn't have to be. Some parents pursuing a diagnosis have been told by a professional(s) that there is nothing wrong which leaves you wondering, then what could it be? It is important to remember that you know your child BEST, if you feel that you are being brushed off as an overprotective parent, if your care provider is not listening to your concerns, if they are advising you to take the wait and see approach and your child is old enough to diagnose, then you need to take steps to get answers. Remember there is nothing wrong with with getting a second opinion from another pediatrician/professional. You are your childs best advocate and you do not need to stop until you feel concerns have been adequately addressed.

  • If you have a pediatrician, book an appointment to discuss your concerns about your child.
    • Have a detailed history of the behaviors and concerns you have with your child. The more information that you have written down the less likely you are to forget.
  • If you don’t have a pediatrician, you can get a referral through your own doctor
  • Pediatricians in the Medicine Hat Area
    • Dr. Charlotte Foulston
    • Dr. Gerald Vaz
    • Dr. Alnoor Gangji
    • Dr. Hendrik Hak
    • Dr. Minati Devi
  • You can also contact Children’s Health and Development at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital (CHADS)
    • CHADS can set up a home based assessment to have someone to come observe your child in your home
 * Only a pediatrician or a psychologist can give an official diagnosis

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