A common question is why should I get my child diagnosed? Starting the process can feel intimidating for many reasons. First, there is still a stigma behind the diagnosis; while we’ve come a long way some communities do not have a positive view of mental health and the disorders that go with it. Second, there is a fear of being labeled….. permanently. Questions like, what will this look like in school, college or future jobs may arise.
There isn’t one answer for these questions. Just like ASD looks different for every individual, what is done with the diagnosis looks different for everyone. Some embrace it as part of their identity, while others use it privately as descriptive words to better understand themselves.
So why might a clinician recommend testing? First, just because an assessment is given does not mean a diagnosis is given. ASD evaluations provide a lot of information regarding development, social skills, behaviors, and language; this provides your doctor or clinician with another piece of the puzzle so they can help you to the best of their abilities.
Second, it allows for early intervention. Without some sort of assessment or diagnosis, starting therapeutic intervention isn’t possible. Whether you are a child or an adult, it is vital to know where the presenting concerns stem from in order to get appropriate help (outside therapy or school support such as an IEP).
Third, it simply answers many questions and you can take your time with it. You as either a parent or a client have the right to do with the information what you feel is appropriate or are comfortable with.
If you are unsure whether an assessment is appropriate or have questions or concerns regarding the evaluation process call us for more information and support at 248-817-7125 or CLICK HERE to schedule a free consultation.