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My child's school says he has autism
My 8yo boy has been diagnosed with ADHD at age 3, and did really well academically in kinder and 1st grade. Then he started to slip and by now (in grade 3) he is 2 years behind. I kept asking the school to test him and that I knew he needed help, but they kept putting me off until this year. FINALLY they decided to test him. I was a little taken aback when the principal mentioned before the testing that he wanted to look into the possibility that my child had autism, but I didn't mention my concerns because I figured that that wasn't the case and that I am a teacher at the same school my child is at and I didn't want to ruffle any feathers. After the testing, the school came back to us with an "educational diagnosis" of autism. We sent all his paperwork to my son's psychiatrist and she flat out said she disagreed with their findings and that he just has severe adhd. I am totally confused because I know my son is quirky, but I don't think it's autism...My husband is accusing me of backing them and not him...we have screamed and shouted about this... I don't know what to do... The school pretty much said we have to sign the papers or not get help for our boy... this is tearing me up inside.