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Old 10-06-2006, 10:58 PM   #1
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New to board, wondering if a Psychologist is necessary for Autistic child?

Hi I am new to board. I live in Central Ohio and my son is 3 1/2 years old. He was diagnosed last Jan/06. He started in some therapy last fall because he wasnt talking and had some other signs of Autism. He doesnt communicate with words, he might lead us around to show us what he wants, and he repeats things he hears, memorizes whole cartoon episodes, etc. Since he was 2 can say all his numbers and count to he can write all letters, write his numbers to 100, beginning addtion, and has started reading a few books with 1 sentance on each page. He draws very well and loves music of all kinds. He got diagnosed at a well respected clinic at the biggest hospital around this area but did not see a Psychologist at the time of his visit last Jan. They did recommend one following him though. He started out with Help Me Grow and has been going to PT, OT and speech for a year and is in special needs preschool. I also have a lady come to the house and has taught me The Play Project which I work with him 15-20 hours a week at home, she comes once a month to video us and we get feedback from a Dr. how we are doing. Anyway, do you think its necessary for him to see a Psychologist? His pediatrician doesnt think its necessary but his Ped. doesnt seem to know a whole lot about Autism if you ask me....he asks me more questions than I ask Just wondering what they will be able to tell me? I am curious of his IQ also because he seems almost gifted in some areas but am afraid without him being able to answer a lot of questions that might not be accurate and dont need any more bad news if you know what I mean. Thanks!

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Old 10-07-2006, 05:52 AM   #2
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Re: New to board, wondering if a Psychologist is necessary for Autistic child?

We began seeing a pshychologist due to behavioral problems. She specializes in autism and really did help us with those type problems. The standards for testing that have been used w/ Jace are a joke . He tested on about an 18 to 24 month level. Everyone who knows him will agree that the results are false. There are so many factors that play into these your child feeling well that day, is he comfortable in the room being tested in, does the person testing understand how to "reach" your child and soooo many more factors. It is my opinion that these tests given are a joke and meaningless to us. On the other hand, all children are different and they test differently as well. Good Luck.

Old 10-07-2006, 07:02 AM   #3
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Re: New to board, wondering if a Psychologist is necessary for Autistic child?

My opinion is biased by my absolute loathing for the psychiatric profession. I feel as though I have been done a great deal of harm by psychologists in the school system. My life is hardly a waste by any standard, as a have a good job, some close friends, and a family who loves me. I think that made the difference in my life. If my family had been willing to believe some of the things they told me, my life would have been a waste.

I think tests are an incredibly stressful experience. When I take I.Q. tests by myself on the Internet, I score very high, between 125-145. Some tests administered by psychologists gave me mediocre results. I think I score high on self-administered tests because they have a predominantly verbal basis, which plays to my strengths. I don't think I could have done as well in school as I had up to that point without above average intelligence. I was angered at the results of that school administered test. The evaluator treated me like a piece of garbage, too, saying I was a hopeless case.

There are some good people out there, but they are usually specialists such as neurologists, trained in the working of the brain. Those whose training is primarily to administer I.Q. tests, in my opinion, are usually the least knowledgeable about anything, and ruin a lot of kids' lives as a result.

Old 10-07-2006, 09:37 AM   #4
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Re: New to board, wondering if a Psychologist is necessary for Autistic child?

Based on our experienes over the yrs. w/psychology & psychiatry for our very high-functioning teen, I have to agree with the previous posters. If you run into a situation down the road with respect to behavior, mood, or learning/ school issues, you may need to tap certain pros in these fields. But IMO the less time spent with them the better.

If you're curious about IQ and are considering testing, please consider your child's ability to attend, cooperate, and follow instructions first time asked. Standardized tests make few if any allowances for individual needs. If your child is essentially nonverbal in the standard social sense, it's possible he may not score well on certain subtests. I would make sure that any testing done is administered by pros who are specialists in the field of autism -- not your generic cornerstore psychologist.

For now, you are aware of very special abilities that your child possesses. Those skills & strengths can be used to help facilitate his development in other areas. As your child gains more skills in communication, he will become better able to participate in an accurate IQ assessment. It's possible that at some point a school program will require it. But until then, keep focusing on all you can do to facilitate normal brain development, and that will be time, money, & effort better-spent than on IQ testing. IMO.

Best wishes.

Old 10-08-2006, 02:24 PM   #5
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Re: New to board, wondering if a Psychologist is necessary for Autistic child?


Hi I am form Ohio also. If your experience is anything like mine has been you probably don't think enough is being done. That is how I feel anyway. My son was diagnosed at Cincinatti Childrens Hosp. He only sees his specialist 1 time a year?!?! I just think this is crazy. I feel like more of SOMTHING should be done. We also live in a very rural area and his most of his therapies are a joke.

My son has not seen a psychologist and I too had wondered if maybe he should, but was not real sure what for or what they could do for him. He has saw a neroligist to make sure he didn't have seizures. Due to staring spells he didn't have seizures and out grew his staring spells. Thank God.

I also have to agree with the other posters that the tests they use on our little ones ARE a joke. Anyone who knows my son agrees that he functions way higher than they give him credit for. Just like someone said in a previous post about their child.

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