|Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS)|
The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) is the “gold standard” for assessing and diagnosing autism and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) across ages, developmental levels, and language skills.
Today was my son’s ADOS. I’m nervous, stressed and sad. Why the 3? why not to expect the best? Because there is no best here. He is autistic or he is not, but if he is not then I will always have the doubt now if he did pass the test because chance or if he will reach his peers in development.
The evaluation consist in TONS of observation by specialist and experts. They did it at my home, in a comfort zone for my son. They played with him, did a lot of activities, used a lot of songs, voice tones, etc. And observe. Him, his gestures, his ways to express himself or ask for help. everything.
What I saw? I saw my son, really tired at the end, frustrated for not be able to explain himself and watching me to plea me to translate his gestures. I knew what he wanted. I knew. But I didn’t translate and he was at the end so Angry with me… and tired.
Is my son autistic? No idea now. Everyone seems to think he is. I keep saying no. And so far in the middle of everyone keep thinking I’m a mother in denial.
My husband finally had time to meet kids my son’s age and younger and notice, finally, the differences. We have a nice younger than my son ( 3 months younger) she speaks, she is easy to understand. She points and makes her points of view clear, she follows instructions, she does so many things my son doesn’t is pretty obvious some of those He should be doing. Some she is pretty smart for her age to be honest. But finally my Husband had the chance to accept, with me, Our son needs help. But I’m still the only one thinking he is just delayed. He does think our son is autistic. So I’m the mother in denial.
Damn Thursdays. I hate them.