It's been awhile since we've given an update on Oliver so I thought I'd share the latest. As most of you know Oliver has been receiving speech and occupational therapy through first steps and then after his third birthday he started developmental preschool. Both have been great for him and I'm so thankful that we got started with those when we did.
At Oliver's three year appointment his doctor spent a bit more time with us and just talked and watched Oliver for a bit. There were several things he was happy with but there were a few things that were red flags for him. He wasn't too worried about his speech but more concerned about him socially. Jared and I had been talking about it before his appointment so we weren't totally shocked when he said he thought he might have autism. He wasn't sure so he wanted to send us to Riley to meet with a developmental pediatrician.
It took awhile to get in but this past Friday we had his appointment at Riley. We were very happy with the doctors we met with and how helpful they were. We met with the developmental pediatrician first and he asked a bunch of questions and did the normal weight/measurement stuff. After meeting with him we met with another doctor and to be honest I don't remember what kind of doctor she was exactly but she seemed to be more of the specialist. She spent a long time with us just talking and watching Oliver play. She kind of had the same reaction as our regular pediatrician. She was really happy with a lot of things Oliver was doing but there were a few things that she didn't like.
Long story short she did diagnose him with autism. Apparently they just changed the guidelines for autism on May 19th so they are still trying to figure out some of the new stuff. There used to be different kinds (asbergers, pdd, etc.) but from what we understand they changed it to do away with those and now it's just autism spectrum disorder across the board. Now they just have different levels, minor, moderate, and severe. With it being so new she wasn't comfortable picking a level. Jared and I don't think he's severe but we think he would probably be moderate. Then again, we don't know too much about this stuff.
So, what's next most people have been asking? To be honest, not much. We've already been doing everything they'd have us do. They are going to send us to get additional speech and occupational therapy outside of school but that's the only new thing. We're just going to continue to let Oliver be Oliver. He has such a happy, sweet personality and I have no doubt that he'll catch up to his peers. It may just take a little longer for us to get there.
One of our friends wrote me this and I love it. He is an awesome kid with so much potential. That diagnosis should only serve as a way to gain and keep the services he needs, but it does not dictate what he is capable of. (Thanks Sara Ruth!) It is so true! We love our little man so much and I'm so excited to see what the future holds for him. He's such a bright boy and we'll just continue to move forward. :)
First Steps with Pamela and Kensey. I miss meeting with them!
He loves his preschool teacher! We get to have her again this year.