Anonymous
(Unregistered)
12/08/05 11:07 PM
Aspie Diagnosis

Does anyone know when children are typically diagnosed with Asperger's? Is 4 years too young? Some of our doctors suspect Aspergers, but others are saying maybe it's something else within the autism spectrum. Is there a 'typical' or average age when this is diagonsed?

Davidsdad
(New Member)
12/09/05 04:18 AM
Re: Aspie Diagnosis

We didn't get a diagnosis until our son was over 5 years old. This was mainly due to reluctant referring by the family doctor and assessment waiting times.

I don't know if there any stats with the info you want, but any diagnosis can be changed if found later to be incorrect.

'Some of our doctors'. How many doctors are you seeing? Paediatric consultants are the ones really that can do the correct diagnosis. In my experience family doctors are often reluctant to make a referral!

Have you had a diagnosis? Do you think it's wrong?

I am not that experienced but I would say that although autism can be diagnosed at a very early age maybe asperger's takes a little longer to pinpoint, but I might be mistaken. 4 seems a reasonable age to me. As I see it the diagnosis should only be made if the signs and symptoms of the condition are there regardless of age.

Good Luck
Mike


Anonymous
(Unregistered)
06/07/06 08:41 AM
Re: Aspie Diagnosis

ask your heath vister

Anonymous
(Unregistered)
06/07/06 08:44 AM
Re: Aspie Diagnosis

i tryed for years to get my daughter dx but could not get any help so i phoned my hv she came out filled all the froums in it only took a couple of months she is 6 dx aspergers 2 months ago so phone and ask her to help you all the best

Anonymous
(Unregistered)
06/08/06 07:31 PM
Re: Aspie Diagnosis

My son got a diagnosis at age 3. The neurologist said that because the AS diagnosis has the component of no clinically significant language delay by age 3, you can diagnose aspergers at age 3, and not before.

Good luck.


Anonymous
(Unregistered)
06/13/06 02:54 PM
Re: Aspie Diagnosis

Our son received his dx at 3.5. There was some debate about whether he was pdd/nos or apsie. I think the fact that he was VERY verbal with a propensity to memorize facts and a high anxiety level swung the dx to aspie. Upon visiting an Aspen group we were told that we were very lucky to get dx so young...most others in the group we're getting diagnosed after age 6 and even as teens. In fact, getting a diagnosis of Aspergers so young made our DDD caseworker so curious...he came to the house to visit our son, and promptly pronounced him to have PDD instead.

Anonymous
(Unregistered)
06/27/06 03:33 PM
Re: Aspie Diagnosis

My son (3.5) has a dx of AS from a neurologist and PDD-NOS
from a psychologist. It seems to me that the exact DX doesn't
matter as long as you do the intervention required.


mumtodavid
(New Member)
10/09/06 05:11 PM
Re: Aspie Diagnosis

My son was dx at five, although i know someone who was'nt diagnosed until 28! The dx took some pushing though, in all directions.
I was tired of people commenting about his 'bad behaviour' or 'being a brat'.
STILL after his diagnosis people are judgmental or prejudiced.

mumtodavid
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