Adam's Journey

Homeopathic Healing of Autism

Second Opinion

on September 23, 2011

So this post is coming a little late seeing that Adam underwent a “second opinion” by a psychologist back in May.  It’s not like I doubted his autism diagnosis (made official in February of this year) but he needed the psychological assessment to determine his eligibility for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy.

This time, the assessment was a little more in depth.  I was interviewed by the psychologist for almost an hour while she simulataneously observed Adam’s behaviour in the small meeting room.  Then, she asked me to leave the room to complete some questionnaires while she asked Adam to complete a series of developmental tasks.  To top it all off, Adam’s behaviour was also observed for a couple hours at his daycare.

Several weeks later, I was invited back to hear the results of the assessment face-to-face.  I have to admit that the verbal report was easier to digest than reading the results for myself in some cold report.  Reports where words like “severely delayed” repeat themselves over and over, slapping me in the face each time and reducing Adam to some type of “specimen” instead of the incredible person he is.  And he IS.

The bottom line is that the second diagnosis confirms the first.  Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Having already processed the raw emotions from the first blow, it was much easier to accept.  It was also comforting to hear the psychologist affirm that Adam is a bright little boy who demonstrates a willingness and ability to learn; thus his future has great potential.  It feels SO GOOD to hear someone else acknowledge this.  Of course I know it.  But I want others to see it too instead of always looking at him through the lens of autism.

Adam’s placement on the autism spectrum was deteremined to be “mild to moderate.”  He needed a minimum of “moderate” to earn his eligibility for IBI therapy so he’s currently on the waiting list.  And we’re still waiting.  Tick, tick, tick…

Note:  Two weeks after the second diagnosis, Adam started talking.  Now, three months later, he’s attempting sentences.  Part of me wonders if he would still be deemed “eligible” for IBI therapy since his developmental scores were significantly lowered by his lack of verbal communication.  However, Adam still remains on the waiting list for therapy while his verbal gains are making leaps and bounds.  I’ve learned not to question the timing of all these things.  After all, God’s timing is perfect.

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