I didn't realize how much I was holding on to the doctor's words from Luke's previous visit to the MIND Institute last July.
What the doctor said: Luke doesn't meet the criteria for an autism diagnosis at this point. That may change as he gets older.
What I heard: It's not autism.
This week was Luke's follow up visit at the MIND Institute, and one of the first things Paul said when they got home was, "He now meets the criteria for autism." I felt like someone punched me in the gut.
He also mentioned that this may make additional therapies available to Luke, and he should qualify for respite care when he turns 3 this summer. "More therapies" does not excite me, as we already have 4 therapists coming to our house, but I imagine those will all transfer to school based services when he starts preschool in the fall.
Luke's MIND doc re-assessed him. He was previously assessed to be about the level of a 5 month old, overall, with some lower and some higher areas. He's now at the level of a 7 month old overall. Which means in 8 months time, he's gained 2 months worth of skills.
I'm finding it a little ironic that the organization Luke's MIND doctor recommended for additional information about our nonverbal child is called Autism Speaks. I am not ready to be the mom with the puzzle piece bumper sticker.
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