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Old 06-20-2010, 12:55 PM   #1
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Autism & Medicaid

My 3 year old Grandson may have Autism by the signs he is displaying. My daughter has Medicaid and it seems the waiting list to get into a specialist under Medicaid is 9+ months. For diognosing, it is completely unrealistic to me a wait of 9 months. Does anyone know of a way I can push and get something done sooner under Medicaid?

 
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Old 06-22-2010, 03:28 AM   #2
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yes, have your daughter contact the director of special education in her school district and say that her son is showing signs of autism and you are requesting an evaluation. the school district people should be around for another few weeks of the summer and hopefully will be able to get something started a lot sooner.

if their staff do make this diagnosis, they will then be required to provide special education services for your grandson (speech therapy, occupational therapy, a language based preschool, or whatever his needs seem to be).

 
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:58 AM   #3
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yes, have your daughter contact the director of special education in her school district and say that her son is showing signs of autism and you are requesting an evaluation. the school district people should be around for another few weeks of the summer and hopefully will be able to get something started a lot sooner.

if their staff do make this diagnosis, they will then be required to provide special education services for your grandson (speech therapy, occupational therapy, a language based preschool, or whatever his needs seem to be).

Yes, I mentioened that to my daughter. She says she doesn't want him labeled as a 'Special Ed' kid but that [U]is[U] reality. The most important thing is understanding what he needs to e successful & learning the best way possible.

I have spent the last few days searching for other neuro specialists under Medicaid with a shorter wait time to get in. I am lucky we live in Houston so I am hopeful.

 
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Your daughter needs to learn to act in the best interest of her child. What does she expect?

 
Old 06-22-2010, 05:26 PM   #5
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Sadly, Joshua is the son of a mother who really isn't very involved. We adopted my daughter older and with a trunk full of problems. She is one of those kids who has a kid but doesn't want the responsibility of it. However, Joshua lives with the paternal grandmother and between us two he is a very happy boy. The joy of our lives. No matter what, Joshua will be our priority. This is why the delay in seeing a specialist is so frustrating, especially since "the sooner the better" in this case. Thanks

 
Old 06-23-2010, 08:20 PM   #6
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Joshua, I had medicaid for my son when he was diagnosed. It took me 3 weeks to get him seen. They wanted us to wait 11 months, (waiting list). I called the dr. office everyday, sometimes twice to see if they had any cancellations. Finally after 3 weeks they were tired of listening to me complain that if he has autism he needs to have early intervention. Call them, hound them, Do whatever you have to. We were in the office, 5 minutes and they diagnosed him with autism. Get MAD and get PERSISTANT. That is the only way to get through all the crap that they throw in your way. I hope this helps.

 
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I was just saying the same thing today to the other grandmother. Right now since I am out of work I have plenty of time to make those calls.
I was told today that last night Joshua (3) was very hyper and wouldn't go to sleep. He did something new we haven't seen before. He zoned out and was running back and forth up and down the hallway. In watching him they called his name 4 times before he "came back". It seems like symptoms keep coming and it feels like he is being swallowed up by something we can't stop. We haven't seen a Dr. yet so I'm not even sure we are talking about Autism but I can't think of it being anything else.
I also found out that Joshua had his 2yr immunizations 6mon after his 2nd bday and his 3yr immunization only 6 months later. Isn't this something the Dr. should have noticed from his records?

 
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I was just saying the same thing today to the other grandmother. Right now since I am out of work I have plenty of time to make those calls.
I was told today that last night Joshua (3) was very hyper and wouldn't go to sleep. He did something new we haven't seen before. He zoned out and was running back and forth up and down the hallway. In watching him they called his name 4 times before he "came back". It seems like symptoms keep coming and it feels like he is being swallowed up by something we can't stop. We haven't seen a Dr. yet so I'm not even sure we are talking about Autism but I can't think of it being anything else.
I also found out that Joshua had his 2yr immunizations 6mon after his 2nd bday and his 3yr immunization only 6 months later. Isn't this something the Dr. should have noticed from his records?
The Dr. should have observed this, but may not, since alot of dr.'s don't really know alot about autism. The dr. that delivered my son, also did the immunizations. Every time I said that I thought he had the symptoms of autism she told me it was all in my head. I finally just stated flat out that I wanted a referral to a neurologist. Unfortuantely, alot of doctors don't know and don't want to know about autism. You need to be ready to fight to find a dr. that if he/she doesn't know then they will find someone who does and make sure they get you routed to the correct dr. for your grandson. R. Kope

 
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Thank you, from Houston

 
Old 06-27-2010, 10:54 PM   #10
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My 3 year old Grandson may have Autism by the signs he is displaying. My daughter has Medicaid and it seems the waiting list to get into a specialist under Medicaid is 9+ months. For diognosing, it is completely unrealistic to me a wait of 9 months. Does anyone know of a way I can push and get something done sooner under Medicaid?
Actually if he is three I believe you can go directly to the school district she lives in and tell them that you believe your child has autism and would like to have him evaluated so that he can start preschool. It is a state funded program and he would be in a class with typical and atypical children. My son has autism and that is what he is doing now. Hope this helps

 
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