i haven’t posted anything about this yet, i think i am still processing my feelings, but some that know me, know that the squirt went in for his first appointment with a developmental pediatrician and came out with a diagnosis of moderate/severe autism. just for reference, his big brother’s diagnosis was mild/moderate.
with any diagnosis, there is the mandatory ruling out of physical problems with the brain. they do a blood test, an EEG, a hearing test, and an MRI. we had our eeg yesterday morning. i was anxious about it, because the squirt isn’t really liking going anywhere new lately, and an eeg takes almost an hour, during which the child has to hold still and not rip the electrodes off his head.
he was a pretty good sport. he didn’t like the parking garage or the waiting room AT ALL, but seemed to settle down once they put the gauze wrap on his head over his electrodes. maybe the pressure felt good? plus, they let him watch toy story on my phone during the test.
our next test is in two weeks and is a hearing test. if they can’t get him to do it awake, then he will have the same sedated hearing test that the squirm had, and they will do the mri at the same time.