Originally Posted by karibradford
You mentioned months of "testing". Do you mind me asking what kind of tests were they? I am fighting to have my daughter diagnosed properly and no one really seems to decide anything. I want to be armed with info when I see the doctor next time and I want to come across that I am well-informed. Thanks!
I'm sorry I'm just now seeing your msg, I have been super busy the last couple weeks and haven't had much computer time.
All the testing we had done started, I'd say last June. I was originally thinking that my DS (darling son) was experiencing a sensory integration problem. He was also drooling a lot. My DD (darling daughter
)....at the time was receiving speech therapy and I had voiced my concerns to her therapist. She told me that I should try to contact the school to see if they could do an evaluation. So that's what I did. They orginally did a speech evaluation on him. Why...I don't really know...because he speaks EXTREMELY well. I have always been told he is an exceptional speaker. He actually scored a year in advanced in the speaking area. But what he *understood* was very behind. She suggested an auditory processing disorder. And he started speech classes.
Then in September, the school (with prompting) wanted to further evaluate him for my sensory concerns. They were horrible. They seriously made me feel like I was making everything up. Why? Because during the three days that they testing him (I wasn't there for the testing, they made me drop him off) he did not have ONE episode and had no issues whatsoever. I was in tears because they looked at me like I had three heads when I was explaining everything we were going through. We had quite a few questionaire type things to fill out. I remember one of them being called the Vineland.
By this time at home and at the sitters it was getting worse, I had had it.....I made an appointment with the pediatrician to discuss everything.
I poured my guts out to the pediatrician....he said he thought my DS may be ADHD, but he also thought something else may be going on and he was going to refer us to a psycholoist for a full evaluation. We also were sent to have an Auditory Processing test done.
The end of October is when we met with the psychologist. This is the first time bipolar was ever mentioned. I told him everything we were going through....the possibility that it was in the family.....and he said he suspected he may be experiencing a bipolar disorder, but said he also is kind of young for that strong of a diagnosis....so it was something we'd have to "wait and see". There was testing he had to have done. But the doc said DS had to be at least 5 years old to do the testing. So we had to wait until Nov when DS turned 5 to have that done. This was a 3 or 4 hour thing that they did. Another thing I was not there for. This I believe was mostly to test for the ADHD. Which the pychologist said he believed he had from the testing.
The pediatrician and the psychiatrist both said that they believe that the ADHD symptoms that he's displaying are him cycling.
I pulled the reports that I have....this is the list of the actual names of the tests that they had done:
These were preformed by the school -
Preschool Language Scale-4 (PLS-4)
Structured Photographic Articulation Test
Differential Ability Scale (DAS) - Preschool Form
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales-II
Behavior Assessment System for Children - Second Addition (BASC-2)
These were preformed by the Psychologist -
Wechsler Primary and Preschool Scales of Intelligence
Motor-free Visual Perception Test
Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration
Reitan-Indiana Aphasia Screening Test
Connors Continuous Performance Test
Gordon Diagnostic System